Articles By Claude Arpi

Dalai Lama, China and the Homecoming Urge

Dalai Lama, China and the Homecoming Urge

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Feb , 2018

It has been a lifetime wish for the Lama to visit Wutaishan. But he must follow his own saying: Look at situations from all angles. It is unwise for him to go on pilgrimage in China right now At...

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The Tibetan 'Gangsters' in the net of Mr Zhao?

The Tibetan 'Gangsters' in the net of Mr Zhao?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 13 Feb , 2018

At the end of 2017, it was reported that China had received Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala and now Special Envoy of the Dalai...

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Why Drones are the Future of Warfare

Why Drones are the Future of Warfare

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 07 Feb , 2018

There is no doubt that drones could leave the infantry jobless in a few decades from now. Does India realise this? On January 5, something happened in Syria which will remain as a first in the...

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So, who has a Cold War Mindset?

So, who has a Cold War Mindset?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 05 Feb , 2018

It is ironical that while it is the Middle Kingdom which is getting ready for another stand-off, it loudly objects to New Delhi protecting its side of the border China has difficulties to digest...

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No Guest could remain in the House if the Host did not want him to be there...

No Guest could remain in the House if the Host did not want him to be there...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 31 Jan , 2018

Some extracts of the ‘Monthly Report for the month of August 1955′ prepared by Apa Pant, the Political Officer in Sikkim, Gangtok. It corresponds to the time the Dalai Lama returned to Lhasa after...

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The Generals are back ...and out?

The Generals are back ...and out?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 27 Jan , 2018

Reuters reported yesterday that China’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has denied that former Senior Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, General Fan Changlong was being...

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Doklam crisis is not over: India and China are headed for more conflicts

Doklam crisis is not over: India and China are headed for more conflicts

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Jan , 2018

Beijing has not been able to digest the fact that New Delhi supported Bhutan during the standoff. On New Year’s Eve, President Xi Jinping delivered an 11-minute televised speech to extend his...

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Did the Young Horse tame the Dragon?

Did the Young Horse tame the Dragon?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Jan , 2018

Chinese are known for their incapacity to pronounce foreign names; however Beijing tried to turn this to its advantage when the French President recently arrived on a State visit in China. In the...

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Facial Recognition Introduced in Tibet

Facial Recognition Introduced in Tibet

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 12 Jan , 2018

What is in store for the Tibetans in 2018? In his New Year speech, while presenting his vows to the Chinese people, President Xi Jinping admitted that “issues of public concern remained,”...

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China Develops its Border with India: Yume again in the news

China Develops its Border with India: Yume again in the news

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 09 Jan , 2018

Two months ago, I wrote about Yume, the hamlet north of the McMahon (Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh). At that time,  Xi Jinping had written a letter to two young Tibetan herders...

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The New Line-Up in China’s Defense Forces

The New Line-Up in China’s Defense Forces

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 07 Jan , 2018

Xi Jinping the Winner At the end of the 19th Congress, Xi Jinping appears to emerge the winner on most fronts. First and foremost, the 19th Congress approved an amendment to the Party...

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New Era: Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

New Era: Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 06 Jan , 2018

In 2018, Buddhist diplomacy Beijing-style promises to become the main weapon to upstage India, the birth place of Buddhism On New Year’s Eve, President Xi Jinping delivered an 11-minute...

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From Kashgar to Syria

From Kashgar to Syria

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Jan , 2018

In 1949, a few months after the new People’s Republic of China was proclaimed, Mao moved to ‘liberate’ large areas at the periphery of the Middle Kingdom. While the remnants of the Nationalist...

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Tawang: The Land of Mon

Tawang: The Land of Mon

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 31 Dec , 2017

Located south of the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the most strategic districts in the country. Though before October 1962, no Chinese had ever set foot in the area, Beijing...

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What China can Teach us on Research

What China can Teach us on Research

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 26 Dec , 2017

During his report to the 19th CPC National Congress, President Xi Jinping disclosed his plans for the future of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA): “We will make it our mission to see that by...

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Tragedy of Kashmir that bleeds us to this day

Tragedy of Kashmir that bleeds us to this day

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Dec , 2017

One fateful decision taken by Nehru seventy years ago, much against the advice of Sardar Patel, is still creating ripples in the Indian sub-continent. India continues to suffer for the Kashmir...

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India needs to be wary of ‘Tibet Development’

India needs to be wary of ‘Tibet Development’

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Dec , 2017

As I finished writing this article, the news flashed that “the Dalai Lama could possibly head to China on a private visit, the Sikyong (head) of the elected Central Tibetan Administration, Lobsang...

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Of Realising Dreams and Making Them Come True

Of Realising Dreams and Making Them Come True

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Dec , 2017

India must learn from the Middle Kingdom which is already on the path to rejuvenation. It is a pity that while we have the ingredients (brains), political will is lacking Despite (or perhaps...

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The Indian Village in Tibet

The Indian Village in Tibet

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 08 Dec , 2017

An interesting report from the Special Officer appointed by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to visit Minsar, the Indian enclave in Tibet in Summer 1950. After the report is a historical note...

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EU's Defence Partnership has Lessons for India

EU's Defence Partnership has Lessons for India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Dec , 2017

New Delhi must find strategic partners to prepare for tomorrow. One man, Jean Monnet, has been central to the creation of the European Union. He had the vision to propose certain basic principles...

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