Articles By Claude Arpi

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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The Rafale Saga

The Rafale Saga

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

Very few in India know the meaning of the French word ‘Rafale’, which is now associated with the supply of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF);...

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Dealing with China

Dealing with China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Dec , 2014

 How to deal with China has been a problem for the Indian diplomacy from the day the People’s Liberation Army entered Eastern Tibet in October 1950. South Block (both the Ministry of External...

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The CIA and China

The CIA and China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 12 Dec , 2014

The much-awaited report (summary) from Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program is finally in the public domain. Its conclusion are clear, the Intelligence...

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President Xi Jinping Comes Calling-On

President Xi Jinping Comes Calling-On

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 29 Nov , 2014

At the Indian Council of World Affairs, the Chinese President hoped that China and India would be the ‘express trains’ driving regional development as well as the ‘twin anchors’ of...

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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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