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Turbulent times for Beijing

Turbulent times for Beijing

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Feb , 2020

The world is going through tumultuous times. China, too, has not been spared. A dreaded virus has struck the Middle Kingdom and there’s no end in sight for the epidemic though it seems to be...

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Wrong person at wrong time

Wrong person at wrong time

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 31 Jan , 2020

India’s controversial Defence Minister VK Krishna Menon was recently in the news, courtesy a well-researched book, which did not elaborate enough on the implications for the country on account...

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Hans lead in China’s poverty alleviation projects

Hans lead in China’s poverty alleviation projects

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Jan , 2020

In the recent months, China has started in a massive relocation scheme in Tibet, redrawing the demography of India’s borders. Beijing admits that though the rural poverty rate was more than 97.5...

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Relocations on India’s Borders

Relocations on India’s Borders

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 11 Jan , 2020

In the recent months, China has started in a massive relocation scheme in Tibet, redrawing the demography of India’s borders. Beijing admits that though the rural poverty rate was more than 97.5...

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India’s China agenda

India’s China agenda

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 05 Jan , 2020

There is no doubt that 2019 has been a special year for China: Lavish events were organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In 1949,...

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Why it is the right time to reclaim Gilgit-Baltistan

Why it is the right time to reclaim Gilgit-Baltistan

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Dec , 2019

Recently, I came across an interesting announcement published in the 1948 London Gazette which mentioned that the King “has been graciously pleased… to give orders for… appointments to the...

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Xi Jinping's many problems: Hong Kong to Xinjiang

Xi Jinping's many problems: Hong Kong to Xinjiang

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 03 Dec , 2019

Since his visit to Mamallapuram, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been facing a rough sea at home. The 4th plenary session of the 19th Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee was held in...

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The Archives of Leh

The Archives of Leh

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 11 Nov , 2019

As an aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, the former State of Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganised into the new Union Territories (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and...

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Will Xi Dada visit Tibet?

Will Xi Dada visit Tibet?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Sep , 2019

But who is X Dada? A few years ago in China, a song went viral on the internet; showing the growing personality cult around President Xi Jinping or ‘Xi Dada’ (Uncle Xi). Xi was painted as a...

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India and France: Enduring, reliable partners

India and France: Enduring, reliable partners

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Sep , 2019

India undoubtedly needs all its energies, resources and friends to fight on these two separate fronts. L’Affaire Rafale had been in news in the national press for months thanks to the then...

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Is there a way forward for India-China in Ladakh?

Is there a way forward for India-China in Ladakh?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Aug , 2019

On March 23, 1954, after three months of tough negotiations, the Indian and Chinese representatives were still far from an agreement on trade between India and Tibet (a month later, it would...

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Tibet and the 'Larger Issues'

Tibet and the 'Larger Issues'

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 12 Aug , 2018

Recently the Dalai Lama made some remarks on Jawaharlal Nehru and the Partition of India. Without going into the (unnecessary) controversy, it is interesting to see the views of the first Prime...

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Faithful among the Faithful - Interview of George Fernandes in New Delhi

Faithful among the Faithful - Interview of George Fernandes in New Delhi

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 05 Jun , 2018

In March 2006, I had the privilege to interview him on his relation with Tibet and the Dalai Lama …and China. Soon after, he would not be well enough to answer questions. Most of the Tibetans I...

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A new Xinjiang-Tibet-Nepal Highway?

A new Xinjiang-Tibet-Nepal Highway?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 10 May , 2018

New developments in Western Tibet The development of Western Tibet (Ngari Prefecture) is going on in an accelerated manner despite the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, which delayed for at least 3 years,...

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When the snows melt

When the snows melt

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Apr , 2018

Every year during the months of May and June, the high passes of Himalayas witness activity as the Chinese cross over and intrude on Indian territory. The Himalayan snows will soon start melting....

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The Tale of Three Zhaos

The Tale of Three Zhaos

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Mar , 2018

Many of us have been introduced to Tibet by the famous cartoon The Adventures of Tintin. One can’t forget the two detectives, Thomson and Thompson (in French, Dupond et Dupont). Though they are...

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Why all this fuss for a few Indian Tunnels?

Why all this fuss for a few Indian Tunnels?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 11 Nov , 2017

The meaning of ‘double standards’ is unknown in China. After The Economic Times reported that India plans to construct 17 highway tunnels totaling 100 kilometers along the line of actual...

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Xi may not be all Powerful

Xi may not be all Powerful

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 28 Oct , 2017

Nearly thirty years ago, one of the best China watchers, Belgium-born Simon Leys wrote about the ‘Art of Communist China watching’ in the New Times Book Review: “Without an ability to...

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Tibet: China moving the West ...and the South

Tibet: China moving the West ...and the South

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 01 Oct , 2017

In the recent months, rapid developments have taken place in Western Tibet. This will be the object of several posts. Banning Foreign Tourists  As the 19th Congress approaches, China is...

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China’s Strategic Thinking: Yesterday and Today

China’s Strategic Thinking: Yesterday and Today

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 19 Sep , 2017

Introduction ‘Strategic Leadership’ often does not mean ‘Morals and Ethical leadership’. One of the best examples is Mao Zedong. In Problems of War and Strategy, the Great Helmsman noted:...

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