Articles By Claude Arpi

Tibet is passing through one of the most difficult times in her history

Tibet is passing through one of the most difficult times in her history

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 02 Dec , 2015

In India and Tibet Ancient Ties – Current Bonds (A pictorial exhibition on the relations between India and Tibet through the ages), I tried to depict the age-old relations between India and...

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What is ‘terror’ for China?

What is ‘terror’ for China?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 24 Nov , 2015

China does not seem to have the same definition of the word ‘terrorism’ than India and the rest of the world.  It was obvious when a 26-member delegation of the People’s Liberation Army...

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A rare letter from the Dalai Lama to Jawaharlal Nehru

A rare letter from the Dalai Lama to Jawaharlal Nehru

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Nov , 2015

A very rare document, the translation of a letter sent by the Dalai Lama to the Prime Minister of India on March 26, 1959. The letter is written from Lhuntse Dzong in Southern Tibet where the...

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Are Tibetan terrorists? Yes, says China

Are Tibetan terrorists? Yes, says China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 19 Nov , 2015

A 26-member delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) headed by General Fan Changlong, Vice-Chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) visited in New Delhi this...

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China is ready

China is ready

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Nov , 2015

According to The China Daily, many border areas in China have deployed “an integrated frontier monitoring system consisting of advanced radars and unmanned aircraft”. Mao Weichen, a...

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Fan Changlong is coming to India

Fan Changlong is coming to India

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 03 Nov , 2015

During the month of November, India will receive two important visitors from China; both are members of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. …the PLA spokesman...

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Big Changes in the People’s Liberation Army?

Big Changes in the People’s Liberation Army?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 27 Oct , 2015

A few weeks ago, The South China Morning Post had reported the possibility of sweeping reforms in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). One of these changes could be the phasing out of...

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The sorry state of India’s Borders

The sorry state of India’s Borders

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 24 Oct , 2015

Sometimes, though it is rare, one reads some good news in the national press. One of these refreshing items, for me at least, was the visit of the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren...

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Xinjiang : The Thorn in China’s Might

Xinjiang : The Thorn in China’s Might

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 13 Oct , 2015

The dust had hardly settled down on the Potala Square in Lhasa where the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the so-called Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) were held, that...

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Nepali-Chini Bhai Bhai

Nepali-Chini Bhai Bhai

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 06 Oct , 2015

Nepalese Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay asked India not to ‘push it to the wall’ by blocking petroleum and other essential supplies, otherwise the landlocked country would have to...

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China 'intervention' during the 1965 conflict

China 'intervention' during the 1965 conflict

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 25 Sep , 2015

Analysts celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan conflict. In this connection, I am posting 4 Appendixes published by the Ministry Of External Affairs in the Notes, Memoranda And...

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India China LAC face-Off – Analysis

India China LAC face-Off – Analysis

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 23 Sep , 2015

After a swift victory, Julius Caesar is said to have bragged in the Roman Senate: “Vini, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). These historic words need to be adapted for the recent...

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Chinese Incursions: 60 years ago

Chinese Incursions: 60 years ago

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 21 Sep , 2015

Following the recent Chinese incursion in Burtse in Ladakh and the quick ‘answer’ from the Indian forces who dismantled the structure built by the Chinese, it is interesting to look at what...

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Chinese troops intrude in Ladakh: a coincidence?

Chinese troops intrude in Ladakh: a coincidence?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 16 Sep , 2015

Was it a coincidence? Just the day before the new stand-off between the Indian and Chinese defence forces in Ladakh started, a senior member of the Chinese Central Military Commission visited the...

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A mighty 'peaceful' China and the Indian border

A mighty 'peaceful' China and the Indian border

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 08 Sep , 2015

Soon after the mega Parade was over, the blue sky disappeared again over the Tiananmen Square; pollution returned to the Chinese capital, so did President Xi Jinping’s headaches. Xi will have to...

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PLA: new radars on the Roof of the World

PLA: new radars on the Roof of the World

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 25 Aug , 2015

On August 24, The People’s Daily Online reported that three more unattended radars were soon to be installed in Tibet. The mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party reminds us that China’s...

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The border is fixed: The Simla Conference

The border is fixed: The Simla Conference

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: 1962 and the McMahon Line Saga | Date: 17 Aug , 2015

In 1913, war in Europe appeared imminent for the British; they finally realized that the treaties regarding Tibet signed with China (and Russia) had no relevance as they could not be implemented...

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China is a peaceful country, but…

China is a peaceful country, but…

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 14 Aug , 2015

China is a peaceful country: it is at least what Beijing likes to say. In June, Beijing reiterated its ‘peaceful’ doctrine in a White Paper (WP) on ‘China’s military strategy’, which...

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China: Opening a New Front in the Pacific

China: Opening a New Front in the Pacific

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 07 Aug , 2015

A few years ago, I had interviewed the MP from Ladakh. He had explained to me the various tactics used by the Chinese PLA to intrude into Indian territory in his mountainous region. Sending...

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The Panchsheel Agreement

The Panchsheel Agreement

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 05 Aug , 2015

The “Agreement on Trade and Intercourse between the Tibet region of China and India” was signed on 29th April 1954 in Beijing by the Indian Ambassador N. Raghavan and Chang Han-fu, the Chinese...

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