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.

Macron in India: A visit with a difference

Thursday, 15 Mar 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Guided by their desire for strategic autonomy, India and France have been traditional partners. It’s time for them to take the lead and shape narratives as well as emerging institutional frameworks On the last day of his visit to India, French President Emmanuel Macron went to in Varanasi for a cruise...

Xi Jinping: Chinese Emperor for life?

Thursday, 01 Mar 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

A dictatorial system may help Beijing bring some stability to its giant ambitions, but it may not solve the real issues — be it international politics, Doklam or internal talk points Emperor for Life’ it is what many commentators concluded after the announcement of the proposed removal of the limit in...

Dalai Lama, China and the homecoming urge

Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

It has been a lifetime wish for the Lama to visit Wutaishan, his native town. But he must follow his own saying: Look at situations from all angles. It is unwise for him to go on pilgrimage in China right now At the end of 2017, Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, former Chairman...

So, who has a Cold War mindset?

Thursday, 01 Feb 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

It is ironical that while it is the Middle Kingdom which is getting ready for another stand-off, it loudly objects to New Delhi protecting its side of the border China has difficulties to digest the Doklam episode for which Beijing (or at least the People's Liberation Army) was fully responsible. Senior...

Will Chinese flattery get France?

Friday, 19 Jan 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Oped

In postponing French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India scheduled for December 2017, did New Delhi miss a trick and allow Beijing to do the running vis-ŗ-vis Europe’s most significant leader? Chinese are known for their incapacity to pronounce foreign names; however Beijing tried to turn this to its advantage when...

New era: Diplomacy with Chinese characteristics

Thursday, 04 Jan 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

In 2018, Buddhist diplomacy Beijing-style promises to become the main weapon to upstage India, the birth place of Buddhism On New Year’s Eve, President Xi Jinping delivered an 11-minute televised speech to extend his greetings to all Chinese and…friends all over the world. Xi said that Beijing is dedicated to safeguarding...

Tragedy of Kashmir that bleeds us to this day

Thursday, 21 Dec 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

One fateful decision taken by Nehru seventy years ago, much against the advice of Sardar Patel, is still creating ripples in the Indian sub-continent. India continues to suffer for the Kashmir mistake Seventy years is a long time, but a blunder which took place in the last days of 1947, is...

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....


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