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.

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...

Young President with many old challenges

Thursday, 11 May 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

It’s difficult to label Emmanuel Marcon as a Rightist or a Leftist. He himself would not wish to be categorised as it will hobble his functioning. India, meanwhile, has every reason to look forward to enhanced bilateral ties France has decided. By default, some will say. After winning the most unexpected...

Chinese adventurism and the Tibet factor

Thursday, 04 May 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Had China extended the 1962 war against India, it would have had to battle it out at various fronts simultaneously. The situation in Tibet was grim and a power tussle was on within the ruling party The Dalai Lama, Beijing’s bte noire, was recently awarded the Professor ML Sondhi Prize for...

The Xinjiang takeover: China’s master-stroke

Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

By taking over Xinjiang, communist China controlled the western borders of the Middle Kingdom, access trade with Central Asia, block any possibility of Soviet advance, and come in contact with Indian frontiers Xinjiang, China’s western province, has often been in the news during the last few months, mainly due to instability...

The Chinese and their bogus tall assertions

Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Listening to Chinese diplomats like Ma, who warned of consequences for India, it would seem as if Tawang and Arunachal have always belonged to China. The fact is that such claims had been an after-thought Chinese diplomats seem to become more and more ‘undiplomatic’, not to say ‘uncivilised’. Take Ma Zhanwu,...


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