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When Nehru was taken for a ride by Mao

When Nehru was taken for a ride by Mao

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

One often-asked question is: why did India not take a stronger stand on the Tibet issue in October/November 1950, when Eastern Tibet was invaded by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army? One of...

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Occupy Chumbi Valley: A Top Secret Cable from Harishwar Dayal

Occupy Chumbi Valley: A Top Secret Cable from Harishwar Dayal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 13 Dec , 2015

On November 21, 1950, hardly a month after the People’s Liberation Army had invaded Tibet and occupied the town of Chamdo, the Political Officer in Sikkim, Harishwar Dayal send a Top Secret cable...

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Reforms in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

Reforms in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Dec , 2015

According to the new reforms recently announced by President Xi Jinping, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) should soon be out of business. Under the new rules, ‘PLA Inc’ will stop its song...

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Tibet is passing through one of the most difficult times in her history

Tibet is passing through one of the most difficult times in her history

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 02 Dec , 2015

In India and Tibet Ancient Ties – Current Bonds (A pictorial exhibition on the relations between India and Tibet through the ages), I tried to depict the age-old relations between India and...

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A rare letter from the Dalai Lama to Jawaharlal Nehru

A rare letter from the Dalai Lama to Jawaharlal Nehru

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Nov , 2015

A very rare document, the translation of a letter sent by the Dalai Lama to the Prime Minister of India on March 26, 1959. The letter is written from Lhuntse Dzong in Southern Tibet where the...

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Are Tibetan terrorists? Yes, says China

Are Tibetan terrorists? Yes, says China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 19 Nov , 2015

A 26-member delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) headed by General Fan Changlong, Vice-Chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) visited in New Delhi this...

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China is ready

China is ready

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 17 Nov , 2015

According to The China Daily, many border areas in China have deployed “an integrated frontier monitoring system consisting of advanced radars and unmanned aircraft”. Mao Weichen, a...

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Big Changes in the People’s Liberation Army?

Big Changes in the People’s Liberation Army?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 27 Oct , 2015

A few weeks ago, The South China Morning Post had reported the possibility of sweeping reforms in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). One of these changes could be the phasing out of...

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The sorry state of India’s Borders

The sorry state of India’s Borders

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 24 Oct , 2015

Sometimes, though it is rare, one reads some good news in the national press. One of these refreshing items, for me at least, was the visit of the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren...

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Nepali-Chini Bhai Bhai

Nepali-Chini Bhai Bhai

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 06 Oct , 2015

Nepalese Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay asked India not to ‘push it to the wall’ by blocking petroleum and other essential supplies, otherwise the landlocked country would have to...

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China 'intervention' during the 1965 conflict

China 'intervention' during the 1965 conflict

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 25 Sep , 2015

Analysts celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan conflict. In this connection, I am posting 4 Appendixes published by the Ministry Of External Affairs in the Notes, Memoranda And...

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Chinese troops intrude in Ladakh: a coincidence?

Chinese troops intrude in Ladakh: a coincidence?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 16 Sep , 2015

Was it a coincidence? Just the day before the new stand-off between the Indian and Chinese defence forces in Ladakh started, a senior member of the Chinese Central Military Commission visited the...

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A mighty 'peaceful' China and the Indian border

A mighty 'peaceful' China and the Indian border

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 08 Sep , 2015

Soon after the mega Parade was over, the blue sky disappeared again over the Tiananmen Square; pollution returned to the Chinese capital, so did President Xi Jinping’s headaches. Xi will have to...

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PLA: new radars on the Roof of the World

PLA: new radars on the Roof of the World

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 25 Aug , 2015

On August 24, The People’s Daily Online reported that three more unattended radars were soon to be installed in Tibet. The mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party reminds us that China’s...

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China is a peaceful country, but…

China is a peaceful country, but…

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 14 Aug , 2015

China is a peaceful country: it is at least what Beijing likes to say. In June, Beijing reiterated its ‘peaceful’ doctrine in a White Paper (WP) on ‘China’s military strategy’, which...

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China: Opening a New Front in the Pacific

China: Opening a New Front in the Pacific

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 07 Aug , 2015

A few years ago, I had interviewed the MP from Ladakh. He had explained to me the various tactics used by the Chinese PLA to intrude into Indian territory in his mountainous region. Sending...

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The New Strategic Importance of Tibet?

The New Strategic Importance of Tibet?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 29 Jul , 2015

It is very rare for China to mention the ‘strategic importance of Tibet’, but it is what an article posted on the portal China Tibet Online recently did. One of the reasons is the...

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Where is the LAC?

Where is the LAC?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Jun , 2015

Once again, the LAC or Line of Actual Control has recently come in the news. The latest mention came from Beijing, where China turned down an Indian proposal to exchange maps of the LAC; a move...

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How the Chinese fooled Nehru in Tibet

How the Chinese fooled Nehru in Tibet

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 02 Jun , 2015

While the Indian archives are still jealously kept by the Ministry of External Affairs (and other Indian ministries), the Chinese are slowly (and selectively) declassifying their archives. A...

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No tunnel under the Everest ...but a road to Xinjiang?

No tunnel under the Everest ...but a road to Xinjiang?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 22 Apr , 2015

When one watches China, it is gratifying to be right once in a while. It does not happen every day. …can a tunnel really be drilled through the Himalayan mountains? Is it technically...

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