Articles By Claude Arpi

'We are well prepared for any eventualities'

'We are well prepared for any eventualities'

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Nov , 2021

The first part of my interview with Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh ‘We are well prepared for any eventualities’. In April 2011, Dorjee Khandu, the chief minister of Arunachal...

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The Phantoms of Chittagong: The Unsung Tibetan Heroes of the 1971 Bangladesh...

The Phantoms of Chittagong: The Unsung Tibetan Heroes of the 1971 Bangladesh...

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 10 Nov , 2021

On 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh, we need to recall one of the best-kept secrets of the war: The role played by the Special Frontier Force, a highly trained Tibetan regiment...

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Dragon Flaunts ‘Firepower’ across LAC to ward off Growing Internal...

Dragon Flaunts ‘Firepower’ across LAC to ward off Growing Internal...

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Oct , 2021

What is going on in China? One thing is sure that the Middle Kingdom is going through turbulent times, to say the least. One just needs to look at the 13th round of the India-China Corps Commander...

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Stop China from Erasing ‘The Heart of the World’

Stop China from Erasing ‘The Heart of the World’

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Oct , 2021

Have you heard of the “Hidden Land of Pemako”? It is the area where China is planning to build mega hydropower stations in the Great Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) during its...

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Who were the Mysterious ‘Tibetan 419 Troops’ in 1962?

Who were the Mysterious ‘Tibetan 419 Troops’ in 1962?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 36.3, Jul-Sep 2021 | Date: 13 Oct , 2021

China always speaks of the 1962 War against India as a ‘Self-Defence Counter-Attack’. In this context, the setting up of the Z-419 Force was a turning point in the unfolding confrontation...

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Nothing new in Dragon’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy; it actually started...

Nothing new in Dragon’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy; it actually started...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 05 Oct , 2021

India has to fight her own battles alone, and should not expect any ‘friend’ to come to her rescue, especially when facing China Nothing new in Dragon’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy; it...

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The Importance of Tibet – ‘Ethnic Work’ in Progress

The Importance of Tibet – ‘Ethnic Work’ in Progress

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Sep , 2021

Why are Members of the politburo of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Committee so attracted by Tibet these days? During the last two months, ten out of the twenty-five members of the...

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Mingling like the Pomegranate Seeds

Mingling like the Pomegranate Seeds

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 09 Sep , 2021

On June 8, China’s Core Leader Xi Jinping visited Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province. Meeting a group of Tibetan villagers relocated in one of the Xiaogang villages...

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Time to change the narrative on 1962 War

Time to change the narrative on 1962 War

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 03 Sep , 2021

The event which has most marked the Indian psyche since Independence is undoubtedly the Sino-Indian conflict of October/November 1962. The best proof is that even a non-Congress government at the...

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Wang Yang on the Roof of the Word

Wang Yang on the Roof of the Word

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Aug , 2021

What is the Liberation of Tibet? China wants us to believe that it liberated Tibet 70 years ago. It did not really happen like this. It is true that on May 23, 1951, Tibet and China signed an...

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India must revisit Tibet policy to stop Beijing bullying

India must revisit Tibet policy to stop Beijing bullying

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Aug , 2021

Xi Jinping visited Central and Southern Tibet after a gap of ten years. His objective was to ‘implement the party’s strategy for governing Tibet in the new era and write a new chapter in...

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Hans on the Frontiers: The Worrying Message of Chairman Xi

Hans on the Frontiers: The Worrying Message of Chairman Xi

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 05 Aug , 2021

From July 21 to 23, President Xi Jinping went on an ‘inspection tour’ of Central and Southern Tibet. His visit was widely commented upon in the world media; especially as it was the first after a...

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Bid to recruit Tibetans in China PLA may backfire

Bid to recruit Tibetans in China PLA may backfire

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 02 Aug , 2021

China has a serious problem. Beijing claims that it “liberated” Tibet 70 years ago, but in the recent confrontation in eastern Ladakh, it was the Tibetan troops serving with the Indian Army...

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Why did Xi meet PLA Generals?

Why did Xi meet PLA Generals?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 28 Jul , 2021

On June 22 and 23, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) visited Lhasa after a gap of ten years. A day before, the Chinese president went to Nyingchi City (previously...

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The Return of Hu Yaobang ...and Xi Jinping

The Return of Hu Yaobang ...and Xi Jinping

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 24 Jul , 2021

Yesterday, Xi Jinping visited Nyingchi near the Indian border of Arunachal Pradesh and Lhasa. I will come back later on the visit, but this reminded me the visit of CPP’s General Secretary Hu...

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The Butterfly Effect in Ladakh

The Butterfly Effect in Ladakh

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 21 Jul , 2021

For years, China and the US, the world’s two superpowers, have been competing to win the battle of supremacy, then the Covid-19 arrived, as insignificant as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings;...

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PM Modi's Call to Dalai Lama is a Message to China on Succession Issue Important

PM Modi's Call to Dalai Lama is a Message to China on Succession Issue Important

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 10 Jul , 2021

Late one evening in August 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an unheralded meeting in Delhi, with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan religious leader living in exile in India since March 1959....

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Xi Jinping is the New Führer

Xi Jinping is the New Führer

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 06 Jul , 2021

Like Hitler’s Germany, China is trying to expand its territory and influence not only in the Himalayas or in the South China Sea, but everywhere from Central Asia to Africa and South...

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Recruiting Tibetans in the Liberation Army: not an easy task

Recruiting Tibetans in the Liberation Army: not an easy task

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Jul , 2021

The issue of recruiting Tibetans in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has recently come up in the Indian media. It is presently not easy to find out what is true and what is exaggerated, but I...

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The Queen of Yume: Implications for India

The Queen of Yume: Implications for India

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Jul , 2021

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), President Xi Jinping distributed a number of ‘July 1 Medals’ to people “embodying a staunch faith in the...

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