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36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force!

36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force!

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 11 Apr , 2015

The highlight of yesterday’s Hollande-Modi encounter at the Elysee Palace has been the ‘purchase’ of 36 Rafales for the Indian Air Force. I write ‘purchase’ because the deal is not...

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Modi’s visit to France and ‘The Make in India’ project

Modi’s visit to France and ‘The Make in India’ project

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 09 Apr , 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarking on a 9-day tour abroad during which he will visit France, Germany and Canada. His first stop will be in Paris (April 9-12). A few comments on his visit to...

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Demchok and the New Silk Road: China's double standard

Demchok and the New Silk Road: China's double standard

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

On May 23, Scoop Newsreported that the Chief Executive Councilor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Rigzin Spalbar wrote to J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed requesting...

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Are the Rafales, Mirages?

Are the Rafales, Mirages?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 26 Mar , 2015

The first dog fight on the French multi-purpose combat aircraft is on in full swing. It is not a battle in the air, but through communiqués, articles by ‘experts’, information and...

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Roads to the Border ...and tourism

Roads to the Border ...and tourism

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

While we regularly come across articles about the Border Road Organization (under the Ministry of Defence) struggling to build roads in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, China is going faster and...

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Dassault can also sign contracts

Dassault can also sign contracts

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 15 Feb , 2015

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on this website, the long, very long negotiation process between Dassault Aviation and the Government of India to purchase 18 Rafales Multi Role Combat...

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Does Obama really want to split China?

Does Obama really want to split China?

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

When it was announced that President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama were both going to attend the US National Prayer Breakfast, an annual ‘religious’ gathering held in Washington, Beijing...

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Chinese Wild Claims in Arunachal

Chinese Wild Claims in Arunachal

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

The Chinese are not happy at all. Why? Because the Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida dared to speak about what Beijing calls “a Chinese territorial area adjacent to India as Indian...

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The Rafale Saga

The Rafale Saga

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

Very few in India know the meaning of the French word ‘Rafale’, which is now associated with the supply of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF);...

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The CIA and China

The CIA and China

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 12 Dec , 2014

The much-awaited report (summary) from Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program is finally in the public domain. Its conclusion are clear, the Intelligence...

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China’s New Silk Road must steer clear of terror haven Pakistan

China’s New Silk Road must steer clear of terror haven Pakistan

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Nov , 2014

Can China isolate itself from developments happening on the soil of its ‘all weather friend’ Pakistan? Will not the New Silk Road, which will allow free circulation of goods and people, be...

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Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable

Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 01 Nov , 2014

Some 10 days ago, I wrote a piece “Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable” for NitiCentral (see below). My conclusion was that “There is absolutely nothing wrong in the proposed...

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Tibet: why is China so nervous?

Tibet: why is China so nervous?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 09 Oct , 2014

China is slowly but surely tightening its grip on Tibet. The latest sign is the ‘upgradation’ of the status of the Tibet Armed Police’s Political Commissar. The Global Times yesterday announced...

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Xi in India: a thorny route at home?

Xi in India: a thorny route at home?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 27 Sep , 2014

There are two ways to look at an event, especially a State visit by a foreign dignitary: it can be described as a resounding success, a game-changer, or it can be seen as a missed opportunity, a...

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A statement of Zhou Enlai: sixty-four years ago

A statement of Zhou Enlai: sixty-four years ago

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 18 Sep , 2014

After several days of extensive talks between the Prime Minister of India (Jawaharlal Nehru) and the Premier of the State Council of China (Zhou Enlai), the latter held a press conference on...

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Could Tibet be defended?

Could Tibet be defended?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 08 Sep , 2014

I am posting here an interesting note from Harishwar Dayal, the Political Officer in Sikkim between 1948 and 1952. The note dates from the early months of 1950. Dayal answers some points made by...

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