Articles By Claude Arpi

India has Changed Since 1962: China’s Adventure may end Xi’s Dream

India has Changed Since 1962: China’s Adventure may end Xi’s Dream

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 27 Sep , 2020

The situation is fast deteriorating in Ladakh. For China, it took a turn for the worst when India captured a ridge on the southern bank of the Pangong tso (lake). The fact that the Tibetan...

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India and its Saga of 'Reneged' International Promises

India and its Saga of 'Reneged' International Promises

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 25 Sep , 2020

Global Times is famous (or infamous) for saying that black is white and vice-versa; and at the end, arguing that everybody should admire Red China. For the past five months, the tabloid has...

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The Tibet factor in India-China relations

The Tibet factor in India-China relations

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Sep , 2020

The virus which originated in Wuhan, China and the unexpected attack by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Indian frontiers in Ladakh have forced India to re-look at her relations with China....

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Dragon and the art of selective amnesia

Dragon and the art of selective amnesia

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Sep , 2020

Zhao Lijian, the ‘wolfwarrior’ and spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did it again. On 7 September, during a press briefing, when asked to provide details about five...

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Old Chinese habits die hard but have we learnt the lessons?

Old Chinese habits die hard but have we learnt the lessons?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Sep , 2020

China’s questionable conduct regarding border and territory disputes has raised eyebrows time and again. What remains to be seen now is whether India can learn from history to prevent it from...

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Is the ‘Tibet card’ in play?

Is the ‘Tibet card’ in play?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 08 Sep , 2020

On August 31, a statement from the spokesperson of the Indian Army informed the nation that on the night of 29/30 August: “PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military...

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China is not a normal state

China is not a normal state

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 05 Sep , 2020

China is not a normal State, but this is a fact that most China ‘experts’ in India have, for years, failed to grasp this. Gautam Bambawale, who understands China well after serving as the Indian...

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Xi and the Poor Art of War

Xi and the Poor Art of War

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 03 Sep , 2020

Every expert worth his name in a TV studio or on the innumerable webinars will explain to you about the Art of War, an ancient Chinese military treatise written by Sun Tzu, a Chinese general and...

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Signs of trouble in central sector too

Signs of trouble in central sector too

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 26 Aug , 2020

On August 11, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat informed the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the Indian armed forces in Eastern Ladakh were ready to handle any...

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Tibetans recruited for Ladakh

Tibetans recruited for Ladakh

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 20 Aug , 2020

What did Xi achieve by attaching Ladakh? Nothing.  Can he equate 1962? To achieve National rejuvenation of 1.4 billion Chinese; should be his aim. Related Posts These days, Xi Jinping seems to take...

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The Mistake of the Century

The Mistake of the Century

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 17 Aug , 2020

President Xi Jinping is a poor strategist. Chinese are known followers of the Art of War, an ancient Chinese military treatise written by Sun Tzu, a Chinese general and military authority in the...

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1962 War: 'Secret Reports' lost forever?

1962 War: 'Secret Reports' lost forever?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 12 Aug , 2020

It was recently reported that 144 veterans of the Indian armed forces had signed a joint statement on the situation at the border, pointing to the failure of the ‘political, civil and military...

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Ladakh stand-off shows India sorely needs strategic and border studies

Ladakh stand-off shows India sorely needs strategic and border studies

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 08 Aug , 2020

One of the most shocking episodes of the 1962 conflict with China was the fact that Indian officers on the ground, particularly the commanders of the 7 Infantry Brigade and the 4 Division, had to...

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Gust of wind over the Himalaya

Gust of wind over the Himalaya

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 29 Jul , 2020

  The Rafale’s arrival will have a strong deterrent effect on China. For, despite Beijing’s info warfare overdrive, the fact is the Dragon can’t match the French plane today. Indian Air...

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India, Tibet, Xinjiang: Tales of China's Broken Promises

India, Tibet, Xinjiang: Tales of China's Broken Promises

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 25 Jun , 2020

The Ladakh situation, especially the brutal killing of the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 16 Bihar regiment and 19 of his men, has generated a lot of debate in the printed media as well the TV...

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No Losar in Tibet, but...

No Losar in Tibet, but...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Feb , 2020

On February 11, Xinhua announced that the Tibetan New Year activities had been called off ‘amid virus outbreak’.  The news agency said: “Large-scale traditional religious activities during...

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Turbulent times for Beijing

Turbulent times for Beijing

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Feb , 2020

The world is going through tumultuous times. China, too, has not been spared. A dreaded virus has struck the Middle Kingdom and there’s no end in sight for the epidemic though it seems to be...

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How killer Corona virus has dented President Xi's mandate

How killer Corona virus has dented President Xi's mandate

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 12 Feb , 2020

Dynasties in the Middle Kingdom go through cycles. The Emperor of a strong and just dynasty brings peace and prosperity to the people with the ‘Mandate of Heaven’. With time, the system becomes...

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Wrong person at wrong time

Wrong person at wrong time

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 31 Jan , 2020

India’s controversial Defence Minister VK Krishna Menon was recently in the news, courtesy a well-researched book, which did not elaborate enough on the implications for the country on account...

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Situation worsens for Tibetans as China dictates terms to Nepal and Myanmar

Situation worsens for Tibetans as China dictates terms to Nepal and Myanmar

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 29 Jan , 2020

While addressing a Chinese Lunar New Year reception held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping remarked: “From now to the middle of this century, the Chinese people...

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