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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.

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...

Beijing banks on history, India on new confidence

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

China appears to have miscalculated New Delhi’s response to its attempt to change the status quo at the tri-junction. It believed that a ‘weak’ New Delhi would back out of a confrontation The best form of defence is attack, believed Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese military strategist. This probably explains the...

Middle Kingdom’s dream to become a ‘big insect’

Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

How can a state, which claims to be a responsible power, unilaterally grab a ‘disputed' area to build a road on it when it is aware that this road is strategically located for a neighbour? Only Beijing can answer After completing my first book on Tibet in the 1990s, I looked...

Understanding China’s disguised gameplan

Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

To settle the Sikkim border separately with China is not acceptable to Delhi as it would mean that India agrees that this part of the border is ‘different' from the other sectors A few weeks ago, the Chinese Ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, met with some Indian defence and diplomatic specialists...

Tourism: A ‘soft' weapon for Chinese hegemony

Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

While the world talks of Xi's ‘dream', waves after waves of Chinese visitors can suddenly be seen pouring along the Belt and Road. Is Delhi aware of the time bomb at its gates? A Tibet Work Forum is a conference attended by several hundreds of officials, including the entire politburo, the...


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