Articles By Claude Arpi

India’s firmness, Xi Jinping’s political goals, explain China’s...

India’s firmness, Xi Jinping’s political goals, explain China’s...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 27 Feb , 2021

  A few months ago, most analysts were convinced that the Chinese would never vacate the occupied areas. But several reasons compelled Beijing to change its stance. A great deal has already been...

More

Trusty old allies India, France can Bond over Big Research

Trusty old allies India, France can Bond over Big Research

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Feb , 2021

What is required for France and India is to take their relations to the next level Concrete collaborations are, and will be, undoubtedly difficult, they will face obstacles, which in the end can...

More

The Man who brought Tawang under India: 70 years ago

The Man who brought Tawang under India: 70 years ago

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 10 Feb , 2021

The country recently saw some promising developments in the North-East. The Union Government signed a historic peace accord with Nagaland’s insurgent group — the Nationalist Socialist Council...

More

Chinese Village in Arunachal: India Must Speak Up!

Chinese Village in Arunachal: India Must Speak Up!

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Jan , 2021

On August 28, 1959, the Indian Ambassador in Beijing sent a strong note to China’s Foreign Ministry, to protest the fact that Chinese troops had violated Indian territory; after mentioning other...

More

Book Excerpts - 1962 War: Reflections of the Past

Book Excerpts - 1962 War: Reflections of the Past

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 20 Jan , 2021

Introduction If one event has deeply marked the Indian psyche since Independence, it is certainly the short Sino-Indian conflict in October/November 1962. The publication of a new book (in this...

More

Xi's Mega Projects: Should India Worry?

Xi's Mega Projects: Should India Worry?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Jan , 2021

On the occasion of the New Year, President Xi Jinping called the Communist Party “a gigantic vessel that navigates China’s stable and long-term development;” he stated: “Upholding the...

More

Let the Staff go along with the Flag; the Typewriters can Follow Later

Let the Staff go along with the Flag; the Typewriters can Follow Later

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 17 Jan , 2021

This morning, one of the pioneers of the Indian Frontier Administrative Service (IFAS) passed away. It perhaps marks the end of an era. KC Johorey, who later joined the IAS and became Chief...

More

The Most Serious Strategic Development on Indian Frontiers

The Most Serious Strategic Development on Indian Frontiers

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 13 Jan , 2021

One of the most secret projects of President Xi Jinping is to open a new link between Xinjiang and Tibet. The two restive Autonomous Regions border India, particularly the Ladakh region, which is...

More

Beware, India! China’s Most Strategic Road

Beware, India! China’s Most Strategic Road

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 12 Jan , 2021

Beijing starts construction of strategic Xinjiang-Tibet highway, which will bring the greatest strategic change for India since the 1950s, as it will be an alternate artery for the Dragon to...

More

2021: Annus Horribilis for China?

2021: Annus Horribilis for China?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 30 Dec , 2020

As the end of the year approaches, it is customary to look at the past twelve months and try to draw conclusions about the closing year’s happenings. 2020 will undoubtedly remain as an awful...

More

Where is Lobsang Gyaltsen?

Where is Lobsang Gyaltsen?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 28 Dec , 2020

The Ninth Plenary Session of the Ninth Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of the Communist Party of China and the Economic Work Conference of the District Party Committee were held in...

More

Is China Building a New Front in the Himalayas?

Is China Building a New Front in the Himalayas?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 26 Dec , 2020

China is apparently planning to build a hydropower project over the Tsangpo river in Tibet —a project which it had previously assured was unlikely to happen. Not only is it another example of...

More

Ciao Zhao: What's cooking in the WTC?

Ciao Zhao: What's cooking in the WTC?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Dec , 2020

Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) promoted four military and one armed police officer to the rank of full general (Three Star) in Beijing on December 18. The new...

More

How Pakistan surrendered in 1971 War

How Pakistan surrendered in 1971 War

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 20 Dec , 2020

Lt Gen Ashoke K Chatterjee, former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command speaks to Claude Arpi about the 1971 Bangladesh operations and his participation in the Surrender in...

More

Changing the Demography of the Border

Changing the Demography of the Border

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 17 Dec , 2020

The Sixth Tibet Work Forum (TWF), held in Beijing on August 24 and 25, 2015, was a turning point for the Tibetan plateau. Tibet Work Forums are large meetings called every five to ten years to...

More

Creating Havoc In Tibet And Downstream

Creating Havoc In Tibet And Downstream

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 06 Dec , 2020

Xi Jinping lectures During the recently held 7th Tibet Work Forum, President Xi Jinping pointed out that “protecting the ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the greatest contribution to the...

More

The New Road and Hydropower Plant in Metok

The New Road and Hydropower Plant in Metok

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 04 Dec , 2020

On October 13, an article appeared in the Chinese press which made me think that there was something big in the offing. China Tibet News (in Chinese) reported that the Pai-Mo (Pe-Metok or...

More

Use Tibet links, counter China in the Himalayas

Use Tibet links, counter China in the Himalayas

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 29 Nov , 2020

For millennia, the Himalayas have been an active bridge between the Indic and Tibetan civilisations. The great physical barrier has been a place of intense contacts between two worlds which shared...

More

Why India needs to Rethink its Tibet Policy, if there’s one

Why India needs to Rethink its Tibet Policy, if there’s one

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 25 Nov , 2020

On 20 November, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) proudly announced that its Sikyong (president), Lobsang Sangay, had entered the White House. Dharamsala called it “a historic feat”,...

More

Indian Army Ignores Chinese Propaganda

Indian Army Ignores Chinese Propaganda

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Nov , 2020

“PLA unveils new smartwatch for combat rescue, it features IoT SIM card, health tracking, Beidou positioning, individual recognition, SOS voice calling, injury reporting, rescue sensing, one key...

More