Articles By Claude Arpi

The Integration of Military and Civilian Development

The Integration of Military and Civilian Development

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Jan , 2017

I recently mentioned the new roads being built in Western Tibet (Ngari) towards the Indian border (G564 and G565). But that is not all. According to Kangba TV, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)...

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New Highway near Mount Kailash

New Highway near Mount Kailash

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Jan , 2017

The Chinese Law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) requires the State to consult the population about any new project; it is how some information on the new highway projects in Western Tibet...

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Arrogance and Deterrence

Arrogance and Deterrence

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Jan , 2017

Several years ago, during an interview with a senior Tibetan Lama on the future of China, the venerable monk started quoting the Mahabharata; he said, “look at Ravana, he had become so arrogant...

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Impermanence, Impermanence

Impermanence, Impermanence

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 07 Jan , 2017

As President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad in April 2015, he was welcomed by huge billboards in Chinese and English: the friendship between China and Pakistan was ‘higher than mountains,...

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Nehru’s Advisor and Tibet’s Tragic Fate

Nehru’s Advisor and Tibet’s Tragic Fate

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Jan , 2017

I recently came across a telling note written on October 31, 1950 by Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai, who served as Secretary General of Ministry of External Affairs and Commonwealth Relations in the...

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‘Tibet’ Tiger’s Heads are Rolling

‘Tibet’ Tiger’s Heads are Rolling

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 02 Jan , 2017

Reuters reported that General Wang Jianping has been placed “under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.” According to the news agency, it is the “first incumbent senior military...

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India, China and the 'Long March of Deep Military Reform'

India, China and the 'Long March of Deep Military Reform'

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 31 Dec , 2016

China has a Dream: to ensure economic prosperity, social stability, and a decent life to its citizens, but also to become a powerful nation; in fact it dreams to become one day the most powerful...

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For India, CPEC is a Corridor to Nowhere

For India, CPEC is a Corridor to Nowhere

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 29 Dec , 2016

One fails to understand why Beijing is so adamant to not re-open the Himalayan land ports between India and Tibet, while at the same time, it is ‘inviting’ New Delhi to join the CPEC...

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PLA out of the TAR Standing Committee

PLA out of the TAR Standing Committee

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 27 Dec , 2016

A new radical ‘reform’ is bound to create a lot of resentment in the ranks of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA): generals commanding a military district or area have been removed from the...

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A New Dam on the Brahmaputra

A New Dam on the Brahmaputra

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Dec , 2016

The construction of a second large dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo (which becomes the Siang and later the Brahmaputra in India) is well under way. The dam is coming up at Gyatsa (Chinese Gyaca), a few...

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