Articles By Claude Arpi

The New Strategic Importance of Tibet?

The New Strategic Importance of Tibet?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 29 Jul , 2015

It is very rare for China to mention the ‘strategic importance of Tibet’, but it is what an article posted on the portal China Tibet Online recently did. One of the reasons is the...

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The Years of Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai

The Years of Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 03 Jul , 2015

Zhou’s First Visit to Delhi During the years following the signing of the Panchsheel Agreement, Delhi continued its efforts to champion the newly independent nations of Asia and Africa. The...

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Nathu La to Kailash: Trip down the memory lane

Nathu La to Kailash: Trip down the memory lane

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 30 Jun , 2015

Once upon a time, not far from Nathu-la, the pass situated at 4,310 metres above sea level between Sikkim and Tibet, India had a stunning Trade Agency in Yatung in Tibet. This came back to mind...

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Where is the LAC?

Where is the LAC?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Jun , 2015

Once again, the LAC or Line of Actual Control has recently come in the news. The latest mention came from Beijing, where China turned down an Indian proposal to exchange maps of the LAC; a move...

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China floats dangerously over troubled waters of South China Sea

China floats dangerously over troubled waters of South China Sea

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 09 Jun , 2015

Some watchers have predicted a ‘crack’, others a ‘collapse’, all might be wrong, but the fact remains that the Middle Kingdom has entered troubled waters, not only in the South China...

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How the Chinese fooled Nehru in Tibet

How the Chinese fooled Nehru in Tibet

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

While the Indian archives are still jealously kept by the Ministry of External Affairs (and other Indian ministries), the Chinese are slowly (and selectively) declassifying their archives. A...

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Ten truths about the 1962 War

Ten truths about the 1962 War

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 May , 2015

Here are some truths about the 1962 China’s War which are not often mentioned in history books or Reports from the Government. Of course, this list is not exhaustive. 1.  The precise location of...

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China visit and after – Undoing Nehru’s folly

China visit and after – Undoing Nehru’s folly

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 19 May , 2015

A few months ago, a European diplomat confidentially told me, ‘in fact, the job of Modi is just to undo the knots in which the UPA tied up India in the past’. He was probably thinking of the...

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Chasing the Flies and the Tigers

Chasing the Flies and the Tigers

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 17 May , 2015

There is another ‘Actual Combat’ in the CMC’s dual approach, which has regularly come in the national news during the past year. It is the resolute fight against corruption, at all the...

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Xi Jinping’s brotherly love for Pakistan

Xi Jinping’s brotherly love for Pakistan

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 14 May , 2015

As Prime Minister is preparing to pay his maiden visit to Beijing (as Prime Minister), it necessary to come back on another visit, President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan and the enormity of...

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Can Indian Navy deter China’s Two Silk Roads

Can Indian Navy deter China’s Two Silk Roads

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: www.niticentral.com | Date: 07 May , 2015

The 10-day Indo-French naval exercise code-named ‘Varuna’ recently held off the Goa coast did not get much coverage in the Indian media. The event was important for several reasons which...

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No tunnel under the Everest ...but a road to Xinjiang?

No tunnel under the Everest ...but a road to Xinjiang?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Apr , 2015

When one watches China, it is gratifying to be right once in a while. It does not happen every day. …can a tunnel really be drilled through the Himalayan mountains? Is it technically...

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36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force!

36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force!

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 11 Apr , 2015

The highlight of yesterday’s Hollande-Modi encounter at the Elysee Palace has been the ‘purchase’ of 36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force. I write ‘purchase’ because the deal is not...

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Modi’s visit to France and ‘The Make in India’ project

Modi’s visit to France and ‘The Make in India’ project

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 09 Apr , 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarking on a 9-day tour abroad during which he will visit France, Germany and Canada. His first stop will be in Paris (April 9-12). A few comments on his visit to...

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Demchok and the New Silk Road: China's double standard

Demchok and the New Silk Road: China's double standard

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Apr , 2015

On May 23, Scoop Newsreported that the Chief Executive Councilor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Rigzin Spalbar wrote to J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed requesting...

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Are the Rafales, Mirages?

Are the Rafales, Mirages?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 26 Mar , 2015

The first dog fight on the French multi-purpose combat aircraft is on in full swing. It is not a battle in the air, but through communiqués, articles by ‘experts’, information and...

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Roads to the Border ...and tourism

Roads to the Border ...and tourism

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 13 Mar , 2015

While we regularly come across articles about the Border Road Organization (under the Ministry of Defence) struggling to build roads in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, China is going faster and...

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Dassault can also sign contracts

Dassault can also sign contracts

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Feb , 2015

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on this website, the long, very long negotiation process between Dassault Aviation and the Government of India to purchase 18 Rafales Multi Role Combat...

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Does Obama really want to split China?

Does Obama really want to split China?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 13 Feb , 2015

When it was announced that President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama were both going to attend the US National Prayer Breakfast, an annual ‘religious’ gathering held in Washington, Beijing...

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Chinese Wild Claims in Arunachal

Chinese Wild Claims in Arunachal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Jan , 2015

The Chinese are not happy at all. Why? Because the Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida dared to speak about what Beijing calls “a Chinese territorial area adjacent to India as Indian...

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