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Professional Military Education and Producing Thought Leaders for The Army

‘A different habit, with worse effect, was the way that ambitious officers, they came in sight of promotion to the Generals’ list, would decide that they would bottle up their thoughts and ideas, as a safety precaution, until they reached the top and could put these ideas into practice.  Unfortunately, the usual result, after years of...

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Myanmar - The Kachin Conflict- The way to deal with it

(The Kachins have over 500 Kms of border with India mainly in Arunachal Pradesh. Of the border with Myanmar, the Kachin border is the most peaceful and stable on both sides of the border in India and Myanmar.  Unfortunately, it is the least developed both in terms of infrastructure and inter action.  This needs to change) Little noticed but...

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When the Chinese Confuse the Issues
Claude Arpi | 15 Jul , 2017 0 comments

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has purposefully created a lot of confusion about the trijunction between India, Tibet and Bhutan. He quoted time and again the 1890 which was not a valid agreement as the main stakeholders (Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim) had not been consulted. I explained why on this blog and mentioned...

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Doklam Standoff: China’s Border Provocation in India and Bhutan
Anushree Dutta | 14 Jul , 2017 3 comments

India and China are currently engaged in aface-off in a tri-junction between China, India and Bhutan in Doklam, Sikkim. The cause of the face-off was that Indian troops opposed the construction of road by the Chinese in the Doklam plateau. This road is a cause of concern for India. If completed, it will shorten the distance for the Chinese army...

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China is on a sticky wicket in Bhutan
Claude Arpi | 13 Jul , 2017 0 comments

Has China lost its gamble on a Himalayan ridge in Sikkim? It is too early to say, but some lessons can already be drawn from the scuffle between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army in Doka La, near the trijunction between Tibet (China), India and Bhutan.  The episode started when China began building a road on Bhutanese territory...

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