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Regional disparities trouble both India and China

An interesting aspect of the 19th Communist Party Congress was a panel discussion between President Xi Jinping and officials of the Guizhou Province, from where Xi was elected as a delegate in April 2017. In recent times, Guizhou has been important politically. One of Xi’s close associates, Chen Miner worked as Governor of Guizhou while Xi was...

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Tibet: When Patel and Bajpai opposed Nehru
Claude Arpi | 07 Nov , 2017 0 comments

About my latest book It is usually assumed that Sardar Patel, the Deputy Prime Minister of India wrote the ‘prophetic’ letter to Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister, detailing the implications for India of Tibet’s invasion. A new book proves that Patel used a draft given by Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai, the Secretary General of the Ministry...

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India Myanmar Relations: Time to Act

India and Myanmar share not only 1600 kilometres of land border but also a spectrum of commonalities of heritage and culture. There is a sizeable population of Indians living in Myanmar even today and reasonable exchange of border trade takes place with our north-eastern states. Historically,  the two nations  had  been conjoined  twins ...

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Did Xi Jinping acknowledge the McMahon Line?
Claude Arpi | 05 Nov , 2017 0 comments

Soon after the conclusion of the 19th Congress, President Xi Jinping wrote a letter to two young Tibetan herders who had written to him introducing their village, Yume, north of Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. According to Xinhua, Xi “encouraged a herding family in Lhunze [Lhuntse] County, near the Himalayas in southwest...

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Jammu and Kashmir: Security Forces hold the Edge
Dr. Simrit Kahlon | 03 Nov , 2017 0 comments

The month of October was heralded in Jammu and Kashmir with a suicide attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) Camp located near Srinagar Airport on October, 3. All three terrorists involved were killed even as an Assistant Sub Inspector of BSF lost his life while fighting the terrorists. What followed were the usual questions in the media...

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