Articles By Claude Arpi

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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Will the wind blow from the East?

Will the wind blow from the East?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 May , 2014

The tides are changing. As Narendra Modi takes oath as the new Prime Minister of India, Asia is fast becoming the center of the world. Agence France-Presse reported that China and Russia signed...

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Siachen was accepted as Indian Territory in 1949!

Siachen was accepted as Indian Territory in 1949!

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Apr , 2014

The Boss of Pakistan says: “It’s time to resolve the Siachen issue”, but what General Kayani forgets is that the Siachen issue was ‘solved’ long ago, in fact, in July 1949. I reproduced here an...

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Calling a spade a spade in dealing with China

Calling a spade a spade in dealing with China

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Apr , 2014

A friend recently asked me: “In your opinion, how should the new government deal with China?” I answered that first of all, I do not know who will be the next Prime Minister and then, perhaps more...

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1962 War: Why keep Henderson Brooks report secret?

1962 War: Why keep Henderson Brooks report secret?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 18 Mar , 2014

“Even if the founder of the post-independence dynasty, Jawaharlal Nehru may have emerged in bad light in the Henderson Brooks Report, why put a blanket on the entire archives? Are we living in...

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The People’s Liberation Army: Post Plenum III

The People’s Liberation Army: Post Plenum III

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 29.1 Jan-Mar 2014 | Date: 01 Mar , 2014

The Third Plenum admitted that the forthcoming reforms would decide the destiny of modern China. The statement concluded with “the need to deepen reforms in order to build a moderately...

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Chinese Innovations

Chinese Innovations

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 28.4 Oct-Dec 2013 | Date: 20 Dec , 2013

When Steve Jobs passed away, experts debated as to why China did not produce its own Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg? One contributor to Forbes explained that the emergence of such...

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The Chinese Dream is Over: The Seven Perils

The Chinese Dream is Over: The Seven Perils

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 25 Sep , 2013

On August 19, an important meeting was held in Beijing during which President Xi Jinping called for a renewal of China’s focus on Marxist ideology. Xi was addressing a national conference on...

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The Advancing Borders of the Chinese Empire

The Advancing Borders of the Chinese Empire

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 28.3 Jul-Sep 2013 | Date: 17 Sep , 2013

The incidents in the Depsang Plain, near the Karakoram Pass in April or more recently, in Chumar in South Ladakh, are the continuance of Nehru’s blind spot for China. There is today a huge...

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Nepal: Namaste China

Nepal: Namaste China

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 19 Aug , 2013

Nepal has become a full-fledged colony of China, with the Nepali leaders repeating blindly what Beijing tell them to say, using even the Chinese Communist jargon. According to China Tibet...

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Can Tibet be defended?

Can Tibet be defended?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: 1962 and the McMahon Line Saga | Date: 21 Jun , 2013

One often hears in Indian military circles that the ‘next war’ with Pakistan will be on Pakistani territory, though unfortunately, the ‘next’ one with China will be on Indian soil. With...

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Mr. Li and the Three Idiots

Mr. Li and the Three Idiots

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 May , 2013

Li came, Li saw (the Indian confusion) and Li won. It was not difficult. He spoke of the Three Idiots, a film that his daughter ‘forced’ him to see, and the Indian establishment (and media)...

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The Sumdorong Chu Incident: a strong Indian stand

The Sumdorong Chu Incident: a strong Indian stand

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 May , 2013

A few years ago, I wrote an article on the India, China and Tibet relations in which I mentioned the Sumdorong Chu incident in 1987. The strong stand then taken by the Indian Army allowed the...

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Why New Delhi wants to forget 1962?

Why New Delhi wants to forget 1962?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Mar , 2013

While the Indian National Congress is still able to remember the role of former prime ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi in the India-Pakistan conflicts of 1965 and 1971, it has...

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The killers' mace of the dark visitors

The killers' mace of the dark visitors

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 12 Mar , 2013

In February 1999, the PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House in Beijing released a fascinating book written by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, two Senior Colonels of the People’s Liberation...

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