Articles By Claude Arpi

Should China's Arunachal Name Changes Worry India?

Should China's Arunachal Name Changes Worry India?

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 07 Apr , 2023

China has done it again.   China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has standardized the names of 11 places in Zangnan, a new name for Southern Tibet – ‘Zangnan’ is an abbreviation of (Xi)Zang = Tibet,...

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China is preparing the Dalai Lama’s succession

China is preparing the Dalai Lama’s succession

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 14 Mar , 2023

China is at it again: “Recognition of new Dalai Lama must be conducted in China”, asserted an article in The Global Times on February 22. The mouthpiece of the Communist Party explained that...

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LAC vs IB: Why India's assessment of the length of Border along China is...

LAC vs IB: Why India's assessment of the length of Border along China is...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Feb , 2023

What is the length of India’s border with China? You may think that it is easy to answer this question, but unfortunately, it is not. The Ministry of Home Affairs states: “India has 15,106.7...

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Why clear demarcation of LAC is a prerequisite to ensure India and China...

Why clear demarcation of LAC is a prerequisite to ensure India and China...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Dec , 2022

It is important to understand how the northern border of India has been delineated. From the end of the 19th century, the main factor for fixing a boundary in the Himalaya, in particular with...

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Indianness of Arunachal is not to be proven to anyone: Pema Khandu

Indianness of Arunachal is not to be proven to anyone: Pema Khandu

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Dec , 2022

This is the second part of my interview with Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Indianness of Arunachal is not to be proven to anyone. ‘Our love for our great nation — Bharat is...

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Changing Ladakh

Changing Ladakh

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 22 Nov , 2022

I still remember my first visit in 2002. There were hardly any roads outside Leh and the approach from Manali in Himachal Pradesh or Zoji-la in Jammu and Kashmir was not an easy one; only a few...

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The Heroes Who Saved Ladakh For India

The Heroes Who Saved Ladakh For India

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Nov , 2022

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to interview one of the most renowned Indian mountaineers, who had chosen to live like local folks in the Himalaya. She recounted an anecdote which took...

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The Unsung Heroes of the 1962 War

The Unsung Heroes of the 1962 War

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 15 Nov , 2022

For the Indian nation, the 1962 conflict with China is one of the most traumatic post-Independence Indian events; for those who fought, for their families and for the Indian Army in general, the...

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Had India employed its Air Force in 1962, there would have been fewer casualties

Had India employed its Air Force in 1962, there would have been fewer casualties

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 19 Oct , 2022

In July 2017, a few weeks after the start of the confrontation in Doklam near the India-China-Bhutan trijunction, Lt Gen Zhang Xuejie, the then Political Commissar of the Tibet Military Region...

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Nehru and the ‘pending’ case of Tibet in United Nations

Nehru and the ‘pending’ case of Tibet in United Nations

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 16 Oct , 2022

On September 30, Russia held four referenda with the objective of annexing Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine recently occupied by Moscow; it immediately draw strong...

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Chinese Panchen Lama visits an 'Indian' Village

Chinese Panchen Lama visits an 'Indian' Village

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 26 Jul , 2022

On July 22, China Tibet Network posted an article announcing that the Chinese-selected Panchen Lama (Gyaltsen Norbu) visited a village on the Indian border: “Panchen: Guarding the border is a...

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Season of Coincidences and Change

Season of Coincidences and Change

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Jul , 2022

Do you believe in coincidences? Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama reached Ladakh on July 15. Two days later, the 16th round of Corps Commander-level meeting between India and China is to be held...

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Double Standards with Chinese Characteristics

Double Standards with Chinese Characteristics

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 25 Jun , 2022

June 15 is a special day in the Middle Kingdom; it is the birthday of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China. In 2020, probably wanting to please China’s new emperor, an officer...

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Xi Jinping will lead China for record third time, but is much weaker than we...

Xi Jinping will lead China for record third time, but is much weaker than we...

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 May , 2022

The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will be held in Beijing in November this year. About 2,300 delegates, representing an estimated 90 million members, will meet in the...

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Where is China Going?

Where is China Going?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2022

Soon the Games are over. The Emperor of China, Xi Jinping, with his colleagues of the Politburo, had planned a grand show to prove to the world that the Middle Kingdom was one of the two most...

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China shifts into propaganda overdrive in pandemic era but world is...

China shifts into propaganda overdrive in pandemic era but world is...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 06 Jan , 2022

Can we today take Chinese propaganda seriously? I don’t think so. Take the issue of democracy. On 9-10 December 2021, US President Joe Biden organised a ‘Summit for Democracy’, bringing together...

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1971 War: When world woke up to Pakistani terror and India’s endeavour to...

1971 War: When world woke up to Pakistani terror and India’s endeavour to...

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 23 Dec , 2021

“Bangladesh Bangladesh, When the Sun Sinks in the West” my generation still remembers the crystal-clear voice of Joan Baez, the youth icon of the ‘flower generation’, supporting an action...

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US wanted China to intervene against India in 1971 War

US wanted China to intervene against India in 1971 War

By: Claude Arpi | Date: 18 Dec , 2021

Rarely the birth of a new country became an event observed by the entire planet; it has happened for Bangladesh. Soon after the Pakistani army crackdown on sleeping unarmed Bengali students at...

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'We are well prepared for any eventualities'

'We are well prepared for any eventualities'

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

The first part of my interview with Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh ‘We are well prepared for any eventualities’. In April 2011, Dorjee Khandu, the chief minister of Arunachal...

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The Phantoms of Chittagong: The Unsung Tibetan Heroes of the 1971 Bangladesh...

The Phantoms of Chittagong: The Unsung Tibetan Heroes of the 1971 Bangladesh...

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 10 Nov , 2021

On 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh, we need to recall one of the best-kept secrets of the war: The role played by the Special Frontier Force, a highly trained Tibetan regiment...

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