Articles By Claude Arpi

It’s in China’s Interest to Realise Indian Concern

It’s in China’s Interest to Realise Indian Concern

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 09 Sep , 2016

One Belt One Road is a great initiative, but it’s not an easy one. What looks like a masterstroke on paper, will turn into a nightmare for both China and Pakistan if India is not brought on...

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Neglected Ladakh: 64 Years Ago!

Neglected Ladakh: 64 Years Ago!

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 06 Sep , 2016

A much-publicized All Party delegation has just paid a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Of course, Ladakh was not in the program. A release of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) says that after...

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A New Boss for Tibet: Wu Yingjie

A New Boss for Tibet: Wu Yingjie

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 29 Aug , 2016

Between two swims at the beach resort of Beidaihe, the top Communist leadership undertook a first round of reshuffles in the provinces.  Tibet has now a new boss, Wu Yingjie, 59. Wu is the...

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PLA Unit 77656 at India's Chumbi Gate

PLA Unit 77656 at India's Chumbi Gate

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 25 Aug , 2016

By honouring the PLA Unit closest to India’s vulnerable Siliguri Corridor, Beijing has responded to Delhi’s efforts to assert itself along the border through improved military presence and...

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Union Territory Status for Ladakh?

Union Territory Status for Ladakh?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Aug , 2016

Violence has again erupted in Kashmir.  More than ever, Islamabad seems determined to create problems for India in the Valley. And it is not covert anymore! On the occasion of Pakistan’s...

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China Scared of 17 Mountain Strike Corps?

China Scared of 17 Mountain Strike Corps?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Aug , 2016

Yesterday Xinhua announced that Xi Jinping, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, presented honorary titles to two military units for their outstanding services. One is Unit 77656,...

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Mr Wang, Reopen Demchok

Mr Wang, Reopen Demchok

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 09 Aug , 2016

In my previous post, I mentioned the railway lines which will soon reach Purang/Taklakot, north of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and Yatung in the Chumbi Valley, sandwiched between Sikkim...

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Two New Chinese Railway Lines to the Indian Border

Two New Chinese Railway Lines to the Indian Border

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 06 Aug , 2016

The China Daily reported today that a new ‘Himalayan rail route’ has been ‘endorsed’ by Beijing. According to the Chinese official publication: “A Himalayan train ride at more than 100...

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The Upgrading of Tibet Military Command and the Train

The Upgrading of Tibet Military Command and the Train

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Jul , 2016

In May 2015, the Chinese Government published a White Paper (WP) on Defence, putting forward new objectives for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Beijing announced that the PLA’s military...

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For a Few Tanks More

For a Few Tanks More

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Jul , 2016

The Chinese are not happy! You may wonder why again? Last week, it was about the announcement of the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). The International Tribunal in The Hague...

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Chinese Irredentism and the Great Rejuvenation

Chinese Irredentism and the Great Rejuvenation

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 20 Jul , 2016

“The great rejuvenation of Chinese nation is an unstoppable historical trend that won’t be diverted by the will of any individual country or person,” is how a Chinese ‘expert’ reacted...

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The Train to Lhasa 10 years After

The Train to Lhasa 10 years After

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 13 Jul , 2016

One of the most important strategic developments in the recent decades has been the arrival of the train on the Tibetan plateau in July 2006. Ten years later, the event has been largely ignored by...

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Dual-use Airport is a win-win move, says China

Dual-use Airport is a win-win move, says China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 08 Jul , 2016

As the Dalai Lama, the apostle of peace, celebrates his 81st birthday in Karnataka, China is reinforcing its war preparation on the Tibetan plateau. It does not mean that a conflict is imminent,...

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Finally Roads to the Borders?

Finally Roads to the Borders?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 28 Jun , 2016

Is the Indian Government slowly waking up from its slumber?  It seems so, but it is wise to not celebrate too early. Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that his government...

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One of the Most Intriguing Officers in the Indian Army

One of the Most Intriguing Officers in the Indian Army

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 24 Jun , 2016

Quoting former Foreign Secretary M.K. Rasgotra, PTI reported that though the U.S. President John F. Kennedy had offered to help India detonate a nuclear device much before China did (in 1964), it...

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No Religious Discrimination in China?

No Religious Discrimination in China?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Jun , 2016

Beijing insists that there is no religious discrimination in China, particularly against the Muslim populations (Uyghurs) of Xinjiang. Religious freedom has reached an ‘unparalleled’ level; it...

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The Situation is not Gloomy, the Borders are Safe

The Situation is not Gloomy, the Borders are Safe

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Jun , 2016

Dr Sampuranand was a freedom-fighter and educationist. Born on 1 January 1891 at Benaras, he participated in the Non-cooperation Movement and edited Maryada, a Hindi monthly with Pandit Madan...

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The Closure of the Indian Consulate in Kashgar and the Aksai Chin Road

The Closure of the Indian Consulate in Kashgar and the Aksai Chin Road

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 09 Jun , 2016

Last week, I quoted an article published by Xinhua about the Aksai Chin Road (Xinjiang-Tibet Highway or NH 219 for China); it concluded: “The highway today looks to me like an airport runway —...

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China is Getting Ready

China is Getting Ready

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 07 Jun , 2016

As the Tibetan Sikyong (Prime Minister) begins his second term with a new Kashag (Cabinet) in Dharamsala, (all of the ministers were approved after a majority vote during the first day session of...

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The Sorry State of Affairs in Tawang - A Deadly Cocktail

The Sorry State of Affairs in Tawang - A Deadly Cocktail

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Jun , 2016

In March 2014, Arunachal Pradesh could have entered the Guinness Book of Records: eleven Congress candidates, including the chief Minister Nabam Tuki, were elected unopposed to the local 60-member...

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