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Claude Arpi

Claude Arpi

Author and historianclaude.arpi@gmail.com
He is a French-born author, journalist, historian and Tibetologist.

By Claude Arpi

Why we need to make way for a bold, new India

India is today at a crossroad. There are clearly two paths: one of cautiousness, one of boldness.

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How China lost a friend in Ladakh

Post-Covid-19, China is facing great internal difficulties, why pick fights with most nations and particularly India?

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Why China’s claim on Galwan is a lie

No Chinese national has ever set a foot in the area till the mid-1950s and it is only due to India’s weakness at that time that Beijing can make this outrageous claim today.

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How India can combat Chinese guile in Ladakh

The core issue is that there is no agreed LAC today as both parties have failed to exchange maps; this leaves the space for Beijing to create problems.

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History lessons from Galwan

In a way, Galwan was the prelude to the 1962 India-China War.

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A new roadblock for India and Nepal

India needs to find an amicable solution with Nepal for the areas where there is no agreement as it could avoid China interfering in bilateral affairs between Delhi and Kathmandu in the future.

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The role Chinese army played in the pandemic

From Day One, a PLA unit has been on the central stage of what the Communist Party of China called the 'People's War' against the 'demon' virus.

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The Wuhan lab mystery deepens

President Xi Jinping is being questioned within the Party for his handling of the crisis.

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Why China's figures can't be trusted

China could have downplayed its number of confirmed cases 'by a factor of 15 to 40 times'.

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The dawn of information warfare

For 70 years, Chinese propaganda has been mastering the Art of Disinformation. Beijing’s rewriting history of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising is a classic example.

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Krishna Menon’s Aksai Chin error

Menon was one of the strangest characters to have appeared on the political scene after independence.

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Time to reform the armed forces

India seems to have started moving at a faster pace to bring reforms into the armed forces and prepare for tomorrow's conflicts.

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How killer Coronavirus has dented President Xi's mandate

There is no end in sight to the dreaded epidemic which continues to spread.

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Situation worsens for Tibetans as China dictates terms to Nepal and Myanmar

It is perhaps time for India to wake up and recognise that Tibetan refugees have never created any problems for India over the last 60 years.

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Has China hit the spending curb?

Though today it looks as if Xi's 'pockets' have no bottom, the question remains, can it last forever?

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2019: A turbulent and eventful year for Indo-China relations

Even as China speaks of ‘early harvest’ in border negotiations, existing Confidence Building Measures need to be improved in 2020 for a good crop to both the countries.

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Why it is the right time to reclaim Gilgit-Baltistan

The India-China border is 4,056 km and not 3,488 km, as China would like to believe.

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Xi Jinping's many problems: Hong Kong to Xinjiang

Beijing faced a 'tsunami' in favour of the pro-democracy movement and then its atrocities on Uyghur Muslims were exposed to the world.

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How Rafale verdict proved to be a win for India

India is the only country where so many hurdles can be put in defence deals - it took only three months for Egypt to buy 24 Rafales in 2015.

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Why India's northern borders are threatened

While the world speaks of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, India can't find better ways to monitor unwanted elements on the borders.

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How Xi Jinping crossed the Nepal hurdle

Important projects impacting India's security were inked between China and Nepal.

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What went unsaid between Modi and Xi

Everything that happened at Mamallapuram remains 'informal', including the decisions taken (if any).

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Message for India in President Xi Jinping's love for guns and glory

China is clearly getting ready in case of another showdown with India.

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Is Xi Jinping all that powerful?

One can understand that India will not be a priority for Xi, but, can China afford a clash with India, adding yet another headache for its President?

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China readies for next Dalai Lama. Why India should be worried

The Chinese-selected Panchen Lama has been touring villages bordering India.

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Tibetan Uprising: Where is the Buddha?

"With the end of the debate on Tibet in the United Nations, Tibetans lost all hopes of their survival, stare at the sky with the blank eyes and ask: where is God, where is the Buddha?”

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Why China is far from being a 'normal' state

Under the prevailing circumstances, it is difficult for India to maintain healthy relations with China. The establishment in Beijing should realise this.

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Why India should not take China's 'war cry' lightly

Can our government be bold enough to bring in private players on a big scale to guard the border before the elections?

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In 2019, why India must remain cautious of Chinese intentions

New Delhi can play the duet but has to be ready for the duel.

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Why an 'R' word can never come between India and France

The connections run deeper — be it the unruliness of the people of both the countries, or the French minister meeting our Bollywood stars.

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