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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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When China refuses to talk about Bhutan and Sikkim boundaries

When China refuses to talk about Bhutan and Sikkim boundaries

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Jul , 2017

Yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Geng Shuang stated that the border in Sikkim was well demarcated, according to the 1890 Convention between Great Britain and China and Doka...

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The Tibet-India Railway

The Tibet-India Railway

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 14 Jun , 2017

A ‘Tibet-South Asia’ promotion meeting for travel products was held in Lhasa on June 11. The theme was ‘crossing Himalaya, rambling paradise in the clouds’. China Tibet News, a Chinese...

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Avian Intrusions over the Red Line

Avian Intrusions over the Red Line

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 24 May , 2017

According to The Asian Age, “Pigeons with Chinese tags lead to a stir in Arunachal Pradesh.” The reporter mentioned that villagers caught some tagged pigeons in Anjaw district of Arunachal...

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The Case of Demchok

The Case of Demchok

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

On August 14, 1939, as he camped near Gartok, one of the three British (Indian) Trade Agencies in Tibet, Rai Bahadur Dr Kanshi Ram, the British Trade Agent (BTA) in Western Tibet, found finally...

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The Important India-Japan Relations

The Important India-Japan Relations

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 31 Jan , 2017

On New Year’s Eve, President Xi Jinping issued a stern warning to China’s neighbours: “We adhere to peaceful development, and resolutely safeguard our territorial sovereignty and maritime...

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More Roads to the Tibet Borders

More Roads to the Tibet Borders

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 10 Dec , 2016

China actively continues to invest on infrastructure towards Tibet’s borders with its neighbours. According to Kangba TV, a new Yunnan-Tibet highway is under construction. The project will...

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'Hot' visit in Ulaanbaatar: Why China is again upset?

'Hot' visit in Ulaanbaatar: Why China is again upset?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 21 Nov , 2016

Simply because the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan religious leader, has been invited for a four-day visit to Mongolia. According to China Radio International (CRI), Beijing has strongly urged Mongolia...

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It pays to be tough with China

It pays to be tough with China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Nov , 2016

The change in Chinese maps began with the objective to protect a new road linking Tibet to Xinjiang in Aksai Chin area in the mid-1950s. Interesting news has been coming in from the high plateau...

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Tibet's Party Boss visits Indian Border

Tibet's Party Boss visits Indian Border

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 06 Nov , 2016

According to The China Daily, Wu Yingjie, the Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region, visited Yümé (or Yumai) ‘the most sparsely populated town in China’ on October 12.  The...

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