Articles By Claude Arpi

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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Follow the orders from Beijing

Follow the orders from Beijing

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Apr , 2011

The present regime in Beijing is really allergic to democracy.  Though since ancient times democracy has been recognized as the best way to get the ‘masses’ to participate to the governance of a...

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Chinese troops sited in Nepal too!

Chinese troops sited in Nepal too!

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

The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hong Lei denied the presence of the PLA troops in POK. Unfortunately, Chinese soldiers are not only present in POK, but also in large number in Nepal....

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Tibet: The Panikkar Factor

Tibet: The Panikkar Factor

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 04 Mar , 2011

One of the most important factors in the relation between Tibet and the Government of India was the appointment of K.M. Panikkar as the Ambassador to ‘two Chinas’. It is unusual that the...

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To overlook reality would be stupid

To overlook reality would be stupid

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Mar , 2011

While China is free to believe that it has done nothing to raise hackles around the world, more so in its neighbourhood, that is far from the truth. It makes little sense for Beijing to feign...

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Himalayan Rivers: Geopolitics and Strategic Perspectives

Himalayan Rivers: Geopolitics and Strategic Perspectives

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.2 Apr-Jul 2008 | Date: 17 Feb , 2011

On October 7, 1950 the PLA’s Second Field Army marched into Eastern Tibet to ‘liberate’ the Roof of the World. Several factors can explain this move. A few days after the beginning of the...

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Revolt in the New Dominion

Revolt in the New Dominion

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 14 Feb , 2011

It was a few days only after I had written an article on the instability of the situation in China that the news flashed that in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang (The New Dominion in Chinese),...

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Chinese incursions, now and then

Chinese incursions, now and then

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 28 Jan , 2011

Chinese incursions have been making headlines in the Indian media. Unfortunately, the Indian leadership prefers to mitigate the facts, to not “hurt feelings of the Chinese” or “make things...

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China's core interests

China's core interests

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 24 Jan , 2011

Have you heard of ‘Core Interests’? No, it has nothing to do with ‘organising’ the CWG, IPL auctions, mining in tribal areas or OBC vote banks, though it is true that in India ‘core’...

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Which direction for China in 2011?

Which direction for China in 2011?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jan , 2011

Which direction will the Superpower that is China take in 2011? An answer to this question, lies in the Chinese press, in particular in the analyses/comments published in China during the last...

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China: Harmony or chaos?

China: Harmony or chaos?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 12 Jan , 2011

China suffers from a superiority complex. This is not new. Genetically, it must have been there for ages, but in recent years due to the rapid economic development, the tremendous advances in the...

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China dictates development on Indian territory

China dictates development on Indian territory

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

As reported several times on Claude Arpi blog, during the past months, the Chinese have been constructing mega infrastructure projects (roads, airports, five-star hotels) on their side of the...

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The end of Shangrila

The end of Shangrila

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Dec , 2010

As the year comes to a close, one could ask: What was the most depressing news during 2010? There were so many contenders for this description — from the shoddy preparations for the...

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France & Nuclear Disarmament between vision & realism-III

France & Nuclear Disarmament between vision & realism-III

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.4 Oct-Dec 2010 | Date: 24 Dec , 2010

The second part of the speech is consecrated to disarmament. It is probably the most detailed account by a French President When international security improves, France draws the consequences....

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France & Nuclear Disarmament between vision & realism-II

France & Nuclear Disarmament between vision & realism-II

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.4 Oct-Dec 2010 | Date: 23 Dec , 2010

People are ‘reproducible’ the Great Helmsman is said to have stated. That day, Nehru understood that India and China were not brothers, though Mao was at his charming best, when Nehru left...

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France & Nuclear Disarmament between vision & realism-I

France & Nuclear Disarmament between vision & realism-I

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.4 Oct-Dec 2010 | Date: 22 Dec , 2010

The question of nuclear disarmament has always given rise to diverse, if not opposite reactions. Commentators have described the positions of different nations (and sometimes within the same...

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Chinese Incursions and India's Flawed Response

Chinese Incursions and India's Flawed Response

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Dec , 2010

Chinese incursions are making headlines in the Indian Press. It is good. Not because the Chinese persist in trespassing into Indian territory, but because the media bring some light onto such...

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Tibetan Villagers 'relocated' by dam construction

Tibetan Villagers 'relocated' by dam construction

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Dec , 2010

Earlier, I had mentioned that the new dam built by the Chinese near Lhasa.  More news on this front: it seems now that some 4000 farmers will have to be ‘relocated’.  What is strange in...

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WikiLeaks and Indian secrets

WikiLeaks and Indian secrets

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Dec , 2010

We live in the WikiLeaks era when no official document is considered too secret to be put out in the public domain by whistleblowers. It’s only a matter of time before India’s archive of...

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Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-III

Indo-French Friendship to Partnership-III

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 05 Dec , 2010

Obstacles to Indo-French Relations: At the outset, it is necessary to point out that today no major political differences darken the sky between Paris and Delhi except, of course, the unexpected...

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