Claude Arpi


Born in France, Claude Arpi is now settled in India. He is the author of several books on Tibet, China and India and a regularly contributor on Indo-French relations.

Of realising dreams and making them come true

Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

India must learn from the Middle Kingdom which is already on the path to rejuvenation. It is a pity that while we have the ingredients (brains), political will is lacking Despite (or perhaps thanks to) its rigid system of governance, at the beginning of 2016, China has undertaken in-depth reforms of...

Rules of play: Avoid unnecessary reactions

Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Post the Doklam stand-off, one may think that a new page in Sino-Indian relations has been turned. But unless China drops ‘unrealistic' claims on the boundary, no progress can be made The next round of border talks between India and China is expected to be held in Delhi next month. Other...

China is reinforcing its border with India

Thursday, 09 Nov 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The Middle Kingdom is winning the trust of the locals to safeguard its border. This must worry India. But can China win over the Tibetans who have largely been sympathetic towards India? At the end of the 19th Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping appears to emerge the winner on most fronts....

The abiding mystery of Kashgar

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

After years of silence over the sudden closure of the Indian Consulate in Kashgar, China, keen to have India as part of OBOR, is ready to reopen the consulate Post-Independence, one of the most mysterious events which occurred in the early 1950s (and perhaps earlier), is still shrouded in veils; it...

A strategic engagement with the European Union

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

With Modi having developed an excellent rapport with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, it would make economic and strategic sense for India to partner Europe. The Franco-German project can be a starter It may not be possible to characterise the relations between France and India as ‘higher than the mountains, deeper...

Chairman Xi and his men: Entering a new phase

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The future of the relations between India and China is linked to the outcome of the seismic changes in the PLA. India should not only watch carefully, but also get its acts together The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is fast approaching. This is the occasion for Chinese President...

Post-Doklam, Chinese aggression not yet over

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The renewed Chinese aggressiveness, including against India's Army Chief, is probably triggered by a great sense of insecurity, not to say instability. The battle for Chairman Xi is far from over The Doklam incident is over and one could say, ‘All’s well that ends well’, to paraphrase the title of Shakespeare’s...

The Middle Kingdom’s strategic miscalculation

Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Though one can only rejoice about the disengagement in Doklam, one should not forget issues that are extremely disturbing: It is China's non-respect of agreements and international rules On August 28, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a statement: The Doklam confrontation was over, both the Indian and Chinese troops...

1890 Treaty: Beijing’s trick of yesterday and today

Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The Chinese trick of hammering the 1890 Convention is very old. But it is mistaken. Beijing cannot justify ‘fixing' the tri-junction by quoting this ‘unequal' Treaty, when nobody knew where this place ‘Gipmochi' was Two months into the confrontation with China near the tri-junction in between Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, the...

Ten thousand methods to safeguard India’s rich tribe

Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The fact that China is promoting ‘Indian culture’ is dangerous. The Union Government has been ignorant about the issue. But for how long? India could lose a crucial battle on its borders… without a shot being fired Watching Chairman Xi Jinping officiating during the mega parade at the Zhurihe Combined Tactics...


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