Articles By Claude Arpi

Nepal invaded by China, for India's good?

Nepal invaded by China, for India's good?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 11 Mar , 2013

The Chinese are slowly invading Nepal. A Nepali anaylsyt told AFP “In Tibet, unrest has significantly increased, so Chinese investment in Nepal should be understood in the context of China’s...

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Indo-French Relations under President Francois Hollande

Indo-French Relations under President Francois Hollande

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 12 Feb , 2013

One may ask, “Will the election of Francois Hollande as President of the French Republic change Indo-French relations?” The answer is, certainly not. It is true that the word ‘India’ did...

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The Bangalore Aeroshow 2013: Musings

The Bangalore Aeroshow 2013: Musings

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Feb , 2013

The thought that kept coming to my mind while walking kilometers under the hot sun of the Yelahanka Air Force Station, near Bengaluru (where the 9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence...

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Beijing's Map Aggression Now and Then

Beijing's Map Aggression Now and Then

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 12 Jan , 2013

Yesterday, Xinhua reported that China “has inked for the first time South China Sea islands on its new official maps in equal scale to that of the Chinese mainland.” The National Administration of...

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Will Xi Junior have courage for return of Dalai Lama?

Will Xi Junior have courage for return of Dalai Lama?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 04 Jan , 2013

This is the stanza of a poem written by a 17-year-old Tibetan nun, Sangay Dolma before she took the fatal decision: Dolma set herself on fire in front of a Chinese government office at Tsekhog,...

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1962 War: Chinese claim they fought in self defence

1962 War: Chinese claim they fought in self defence

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2012

In continuation with my yesterday’s posting about the Sleeping Burgerade, I am today posting five links to Chinese propaganda videos showing Beijing’s version of the War. Most of these videos are...

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The Tibetan Factor

The Tibetan Factor

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.2 Apr-Jul 2008 | Date: 29 Sep , 2012

An important factor which has been ignored by most students of history of the 1962 India-China War, is the ‘Tibetan factor’. It greatly hampered the PLA in scoring a more decisive victory...

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Can China afford a war?

Can China afford a war?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 27 Apr , 2012

James Clapper, the Director of the US National Intelligence recently told a Senate Committee on intelligence that the Indian Army was strengthening itself for a “˜limited conflict with China:...

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Why the Henderson-Brooks report has never been released! - II

Why the Henderson-Brooks report has never been released! - II

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date: 03 Apr , 2012

The September 08 Incident: The situation was getting hotter by the day. In Beijing, Mao Zedong had begun his comeback to the political stage in Beijing. In the morning of September 08, 1962, the...

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Why the Henderson-Brooks report has never been released! - I

Why the Henderson-Brooks report has never been released! - I

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date: 02 Apr , 2012

Sir Henry McMahon never envisaged that the hurriedly conducted survey and his drawing of a thick red line on a map could trigger a war. The ‘massive attack’ supposedly planned by India cannot...

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Tibet: The International Betrayal

Tibet: The International Betrayal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

“In former times Tibetans were a war-like nation whose influence spread far and wide. With the advent of Budhisim our military prowess declined…” Dalai Lama 23 October 1950: A Telegram from...

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China preaches non-violence ...to others

China preaches non-violence ...to others

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Feb , 2012

The Chinese are apparently unhappy with the selection of the  multipurpose combat plane Rafalefor the Indian Air Force. It is what appears from an article in the People’s Daily (French...

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It is time to wake up to Chinese incursions

It is time to wake up to Chinese incursions

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 07 Feb , 2012

Kiren Rijiju, the 36-year-old firebrand Member of Parliament representing Arunachal Pradesh (West), does not share the government’s and Indian Army’s perceptions about Chinese incursions in...

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Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-I

Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-I

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 31 Jan , 2012

Historical Background: To grasp the intricacies of Indo-French relations in the field of defence and security, it is necessary to first have a look at some issues which may seem unrelated, but...

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Tibet and British India - I

Tibet and British India - I

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 11 Nov , 2011

Started in 1600 as a company with shareholders to peacefully and profitably develop trade with the Asian continent, the East India Company was no longer a trading concern by the beginning of the...

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China takes over Nepal

China takes over Nepal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Nov , 2011

What is going on in Nepal? If one goes by the latest news, nothing good for India. Why did Mr. Shyam Saran, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy had to pay a quick visit to the former Himalayan...

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New French Base in the Gulf

New French Base in the Gulf

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 29 Aug , 2011

A small revolution is happening in the French defense establishment: Paris will soon open an inter-service base outside France, in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Though it is not...

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Tibet and British India - II

Tibet and British India - II

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 11 Jun , 2011

The Russian Threat : The element which was to play a major role in Britain’s foreign policy toward Tibet and thereby decide the fate of Tibet as a nation, is what has been called the ‘Russian...

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Pakistan's China pavilion after the USA's 'Package of Tangible Inducements'

Pakistan's China pavilion after the USA's 'Package of Tangible Inducements'

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 May , 2011

Why does Islamabad, Washington’s best ally, so often give sleepless nights to US officials? One can argue that it is a question of reciprocity. The latest one: the Americans made fools of the...

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Ten thousand Chinese teachers for India from Taiwan?

Ten thousand Chinese teachers for India from Taiwan?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 May , 2011

Ten thousand Chinese teachers for India: that’s good news. In the years to come, it will be more and more important to know Chinese, whether the rise of China is peaceful or not.  The initiative...

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