Articles By Claude Arpi

The Hidden Kingdom of Pemako ...hidden no more

The Hidden Kingdom of Pemako ...hidden no more

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 21 Apr , 2019

Recently, several ‘official’ Chinese websites published a photo-feature on Metok county, North of Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. While Delhi still lives with its century-old...

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The Word's Double Standards

The Word's Double Standards

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Apr , 2019

The tragedy which took place in Paris two days ago, when Notre Dame de Paris, the emblematic Cathedral in the heart of the French Capital, was engulfed in a fire, has created a lot of emotions all...

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Sixty Years Ago: The Dalai Lama crosses over to India

Sixty Years Ago: The Dalai Lama crosses over to India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Mar , 2019

At a time when China says that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is not his ‘personal decision’, but that he should follow the ‘Communist Party’s instructions’, it is important to...

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Know Your History

Know Your History

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Mar , 2019

With the country approaching the General Elections, one rarely comes across good news. However, the “transformative” reforms, soon to be undertaken by the Ministry of Defence, are an...

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A Popular Revolt Suppressed in Blood

A Popular Revolt Suppressed in Blood

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Mar , 2019

The origin of the Tibetan luni-solar calendar, composed of either 12 or 13 lunar months, each beginning and ending with a new moon, is not clear. However, many scholars attribute the 60-year cycle...

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A Highly Strategic Corridor

A Highly Strategic Corridor

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 01 Mar , 2019

A couple of weeks ago, The Washington Postpublished an article titled: “In Central Asia’s forbidding highlands, a quiet newcomer: Chinese troops”; it reported : “Two miles above sea level...

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Xi gets PLA war-ready, India must wake up

Xi gets PLA war-ready, India must wake up

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 27 Feb , 2019

In May 2015, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a strategic plan for China, known as ‘Made in China 2025’; the Middle Kingdom wants to move away from being the World’s factory and shift to...

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Map of Aggression

Map of Aggression

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 21 Feb , 2019

Hua Chunying, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has a poor knowledge of history and even geography. Once again, she claimed recently that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of...

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'Article 370 is a very misconceived Article'

'Article 370 is a very misconceived Article'

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Feb , 2019

Claude Arpi’s interview with Jagmohan, Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Minister. It was recorded in 2007. Claude: Sir, there are rumors that India and Pakistan will soon have a...

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Silk Roads without people

Silk Roads without people

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 13 Feb , 2019

China is very fond of Silk Roads. In 2013, a year after Xi Jinping was anointed Emperor of the Middle Kingdom, he initiated a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Since then, the Chinese diplomacy has...

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China is forced to court India

China is forced to court India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 02 Feb , 2019

Will Chinese President Xi Jinping visit India in February or March? it is not certain, though The Nikkei Asian Review reported that Xi hoped to come to India before the general elections in May....

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New dangers along the border for India

New dangers along the border for India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 28 Jan , 2019

Some good news for India has been pouring in from the Himalayan front since the beginning of the year; and bad news too. The landing of an Antonov-32 AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air...

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Sikkim's political stability is crucial to India’s security

Sikkim's political stability is crucial to India’s security

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Jan , 2019

In the summer of 2017, the Doklam incident could have taken a dramatic turn for India (and China too!); fortunately, it ended well with the withdrawal of the Chinese and Indian armies from an area...

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Alzeimerish China

Alzeimerish China

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Jan , 2019

Cary Huang, a senior columnist with the South China Morning Post, wrote recently: “In 2019, China ushers in a year full of both festive jubilation and political trouble. Its communist leadership...

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Wake Up India

Wake Up India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Jan , 2019

It is rather unusual to wish your countrymen (and your neighbours) with a War Cry. It is what Xi Jinping, the Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chinese President,...

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While the heart of Tibet was bleeding the free world only made speeches

While the heart of Tibet was bleeding the free world only made speeches

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Jan , 2019

Cary Huang, a senior columnist of The South China Morning Post recently wrote: “China has a lot to celebrate in 2019, but it also has old wounds to heal.” He believes that with its packed 2019...

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China Prepares for War

China Prepares for War

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 12 Jan , 2019

On January 8, the Chinese State-owned Global Times reported that some units of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) stationed in Tibet have been equipped with a new vehicle-mounted...

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World on a boil

World on a boil

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 06 Jan , 2019

The Planet is in turmoil. This did not start in 2018, but it worsened during the past year and without being a Bird of Bad Omen, it will continue in 2019. The 2018 Award for Chaos goes to...

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In 2019, why India must remain cautious of Chinese intentions

In 2019, why India must remain cautious of Chinese intentions

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Jan , 2019

China watchers are breathing easier; India and China are friends again. On December 21, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in New Delhi for a four-day visit to...

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China: A Great Economic Game looms in 2019

China: A Great Economic Game looms in 2019

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 02 Jan , 2019

Year 2019 will be a crucial year for China. Following the 1911 Revolution in China, the Manchu (Qing) dynasty disintegrated, triggering the fall of imperial rule. Eight years later, the May Fourth...

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