Articles By Claude Arpi

The Beauties of Sikkim

The Beauties of Sikkim

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 May , 2018

A hundred years ago, a young French lady described thus her visit to North Sikkim: “Perched on a mountain slope, a humble monastery dominates the villagers dwellings. I visited it the day after...

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Why India needs to keep a tab on the New Silk Road

Why India needs to keep a tab on the New Silk Road

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 May , 2018

Linking Xinjiang to south Asia seems to be a new dream for the leadership in Beijing. After focusing for years on Lhasa and southern Tibet, Beijing has decided to invest in the development of...

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The guardians of the sacred land and the builders of happy homes

The guardians of the sacred land and the builders of happy homes

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 May , 2018

In the recent weeks, I often mentioned the mushrooming a new ‘model’ villages on the Tibetan side of the Indian border, mainly north of Arunachal Pradesh. This development has been linked...

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A Dinner with the Third King of Bhutan

A Dinner with the Third King of Bhutan

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 13 May , 2018

This month, India and Bhutan are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.On this occasion, I post a note written by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India on January...

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A new Xinjiang-Tibet-Nepal Highway?

A new Xinjiang-Tibet-Nepal Highway?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 10 May , 2018

New developments in Western Tibet The development of Western Tibet (Ngari Prefecture) is going on in an accelerated manner despite the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, which delayed for at least 3 years,...

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Importance of Sikkim as a border State

Importance of Sikkim as a border State

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 10 May , 2018

The Himalayan people may not represent a large or politically influential section of the population, but India’s security depends on them. It is, therefore, essential to empower local...

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A Strange World

A Strange World

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 07 May , 2018

Remember some fifteen years ago, the book The Mitrokhin Archive II, written by Vasili Mitrokhin, a former KGB defector? It stated that India was “the model of KGB infiltration of a Third World...

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The Fate of a Visionary Diplomat

The Fate of a Visionary Diplomat

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 28 Apr , 2018

Had Nehru followed the advice of Sumul Sinha, the Indian official who had warned him about the intentions of communist China, the destiny of the nation could have been different. One does not...

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China Develops the Indian border

China Develops the Indian border

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Apr , 2018

Che Dalha (alias Qizhala), the head of the Tibetan Autonomous Region’s (TAR) Government (and TAR’s Senior Deputy Secretary) visited Zhayul, north of the McMahon line in the Lohit...

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One more Airport in Tibet: Govern the Borders by First Stabilizing Tibet

One more Airport in Tibet: Govern the Borders by First Stabilizing Tibet

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 19 Apr , 2018

Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that the Chinese authorities have seized some farmland near Lhatse in Central Tibet to build a new airport. The displaced Tibetan villagers would have been...

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When the snows melt

When the snows melt

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Apr , 2018

Every year during the months of May and June, the high passes of Himalayas witness activity as the Chinese cross over and intrude on Indian territory. The Himalayan snows will soon start melting....

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The Brahmaputra Diversion and the Tsinghai Clique

The Brahmaputra Diversion and the Tsinghai Clique

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Apr , 2018

The Diversion Scheme Some fifteen years ago, a Chinese engineer Li Ling and a retired PLA General Gao Kai, seriously worked on a scheme for the diversion of the Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra. Li...

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Indo-French Relations: Will the Partnership take a Step Further?

Indo-French Relations: Will the Partnership take a Step Further?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 14 Apr , 2018

According to most commentators, the visit to India of French President Emmanuel Macron has been an unqualified success. For the first time, a French President was on the cover a national magazine;...

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China’s Craving For Mad Old Dreams

China’s Craving For Mad Old Dreams

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 13 Apr , 2018

Chinese scientists continue to work on grandiose dam projects which are bound to do more harm than good. But these megaprojects may not quench the locals’ thirst for freedom China is thirsty. What...

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The Trumpisation of Indian Foreign Policy

The Trumpisation of Indian Foreign Policy

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Apr , 2018

Are we witnessing a Trumpisation of the Indian Foreign policy? Some signs tend to show that, like the US president, Delhi is too often changing its stance, principally in its relations with China;...

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The Dalai Lama crosses the Indian border - rare documents

The Dalai Lama crosses the Indian border - rare documents

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 01 Apr , 2018

On the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the arrival of the Dalai Lama in India, I have posted on my website a very large collection of historical documents related to the flight of the Tibetan...

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China's inroads near the Indian Borders

China's inroads near the Indian Borders

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 30 Mar , 2018

Relaxing PAP scheme is a good idea but as a modern state we must use electronic means to control visitors to India’s frontiers even as we promote border tourism The Union Government is thinking...

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China develops India's borders: one stone, many birds

China develops India's borders: one stone, many birds

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 27 Mar , 2018

A quick review at the Chinese press related to Tibet during the last few weeks shows an extremely worrying trend for India.  While the Indian media has been concentrating on Doklam, the...

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What Emperor Xi can teach India

What Emperor Xi can teach India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 25 Mar , 2018

Xi Jinping made it. He can now retain his seat for life. The South China Morning Post reported: “Under the watch of a confident and relaxed President Xi Jinping, nearly 3,000 Chinese lawmakers...

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Another Tibet hand who matters

Another Tibet hand who matters

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Mar , 2018

In 2012, I wrote on this blog a piece The Chinese who matter in Tibetan Affairs. It was a list of Chinese officials who had a say in Tibet affairs. Either they had been, or still were associated...

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