Articles By Claude Arpi

New Highways in Xinjiang ..for Pakistani fish?

New Highways in Xinjiang ..for Pakistani fish?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Feb , 2017

Beijing has decided to invest US $ 24.8 billion (170 bn yuan) for constructing a network of highways in Xinjiang …for improving connectivity with Pakistan. This is the official...

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The Aksai Chin Blunder

The Aksai Chin Blunder

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 02 Feb , 2017

One of the Nehru Government’s biggest historical blunders has been the Aksai Chin road built by China on Indian soil without Delhi noticing it. Among the several lakhs of recently released...

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The Important India-Japan Relations

The Important India-Japan Relations

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 31 Jan , 2017

On New Year’s Eve, President Xi Jinping issued a stern warning to China’s neighbours: “We adhere to peaceful development, and resolutely safeguard our territorial sovereignty and maritime...

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The Case of Barahoti, the First Himalyan Blunder

The Case of Barahoti, the First Himalyan Blunder

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 26 Jan , 2017

During the annual Army Commanders’ Conference held at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, one of the topics addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three Service Chiefs was the...

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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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