Articles By Claude Arpi

Nehru’s Pacifism had nearly cost us Tawang

Nehru’s Pacifism had nearly cost us Tawang

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2014

It is entirely due to Major Bob Khathing’s courage and swift action, backed by the Assam Governor, that Tawang is part of India. Had Jawaharlal Nehru had his way, it would have been Chinese...

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China’s New Silk Road must steer clear of terror haven Pakistan

China’s New Silk Road must steer clear of terror haven Pakistan

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Nov , 2014

Can China isolate itself from developments happening on the soil of its ‘all weather friend’ Pakistan? Will not the New Silk Road, which will allow free circulation of goods and people, be...

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Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable

Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 01 Nov , 2014

Some 10 days ago, I wrote a piece “Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable” for NitiCentral (see below). My conclusion was that “There is absolutely nothing wrong in the proposed...

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Tibet: why is China so nervous?

Tibet: why is China so nervous?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 09 Oct , 2014

China is slowly but surely tightening its grip on Tibet. The latest sign is the ‘upgradation’ of the status of the Tibet Armed Police’s Political Commissar. The Global Times yesterday announced...

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Xi in India: a thorny route at home?

Xi in India: a thorny route at home?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 27 Sep , 2014

There are two ways to look at an event, especially a State visit by a foreign dignitary: it can be described as a resounding success, a game-changer, or it can be seen as a missed opportunity, a...

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Research in China

Research in China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 24 Sep , 2014

It was recently reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was extremely unhappy about the state of affairs at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). According to the Times of...

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Where was India’s Tibet Policy?

Where was India’s Tibet Policy?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: 1962 and the McMahon Line Saga | Date: 22 Sep , 2014

China Invades Tibet: ‘The Gods are on Our Side!’ Before studying a non-existent India’s Tibet Policy, it is necessary to go back to the Fall of 1950. Before this, the Indian Government had...

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A statement of Zhou Enlai: sixty-four years ago

A statement of Zhou Enlai: sixty-four years ago

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Sep , 2014

After several days of extensive talks between the Prime Minister of India (Jawaharlal Nehru) and the Premier of the State Council of China (Zhou Enlai), the latter held a press conference on...

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Nepal is the new Chinese colony

Nepal is the new Chinese colony

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Sep , 2014

The Chinese are slowly invading Nepal. Last month, AFP reported that ‘China eyes India trade by boosting spending in Nepal’. The news agency stated that China’s ambassador to Kathmandu was...

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Could Tibet be defended?

Could Tibet be defended?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 08 Sep , 2014

I am posting here an interesting note from Harishwar Dayal, the Political Officer in Sikkim between 1948 and 1952. The note dates from the early months of 1950. Dayal answers some points made by...

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Tibet: PLA’s frequent trainings with live ammunitions

Tibet: PLA’s frequent trainings with live ammunitions

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2014

In March, The Times of India reported that the Indian Army is “fast running out of ammunition”. The daily affirmed: “Tanks and air defence units, artillery batteries and infantry soldiers...

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India-Japan cultural ties through history

India-Japan cultural ties through history

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 28 Aug , 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is soon leaving for Japan. For several reasons, his visit will not be an ordinary one. In a statement issued by the PMO, Modi explains: “I will visit Tokyo and...

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The CIA's reconnaissance operations in India

The CIA's reconnaissance operations in India

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Aug , 2014

The CIA recently declassified a new series of documents on the history of the U-2 surveillance planes. In their “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART...

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China’s ominous development projects along Indian borders

China’s ominous development projects along Indian borders

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Aug , 2014

Very few in India are bothered by what is happening on the other side of the great Himalayan range. It is too far away, though in the months and years to come, it may influence our lives in a...

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A Two-Two as Army Chief

A Two-Two as Army Chief

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Aug , 2014

General Dalbir Singh Suhag, has yesterday taken over as the 26th Indian Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), following the retirement of General Bikram Singh. General Dalbir Singh Suhag is from the...

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Tawang is not part of China!

Tawang is not part of China!

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jul , 2014

The Dalai Lama took refuge in India on March 31, 1959. He crossed the Indian border at Khenzimane at the bottom of the famous Thagla ridge in West Kameng Frontier Division of the North-East...

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The Importance of Pakistan

The Importance of Pakistan

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jun , 2014

Islamabad does not need to worry; regardless of the bin Laden episode, Washington will not walk out of their so-called alliance against terror. The United Sates needs Pakistan for its operation...

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When Nehru lied in Parliament

When Nehru lied in Parliament

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jun , 2014

On October 6, 1957, a Chinese newspaper Kuang-ming Jih-pao reported: The Sinkiang-Tibet – the highest highway in the world – has been completed. During the past few days, a number of trucks...

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In Bhutan too, Chinese grab land

In Bhutan too, Chinese grab land

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jun , 2014

On August 9, Kuensel, a Bhutanese publication, reported that the Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon arrived in Thimbu to ‘congratulate the new Prime Minister Tshering...

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The Making of the Pakistani Bomb

The Making of the Pakistani Bomb

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 05 Jun , 2014

In 2009, soon after President Obama announced that Pakistan’s nuclear materials “will remain out of militant hands”, the US ambassador in Islamabad sent a secret message to Washington. Anne...

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