Claude Arpi

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.

Archaeology and politics

Archaeology and politics

Thursday, 06 December 2018 | Claude Arpi

China’s new-found fondness in preserving ‘evidence’ and ‘conserving’ relics makes for a good preparation to bring millions of tourists to India’s border but it is sadly mistaken China has lately become very fond of archaeology though it is mainly a ‘political’ archaeology. On December 1, Xinhua published an article titled: ‘Qinghai-Tibet...

The curious case of Demchok

The curious case of Demchok

Thursday, 16 August 2018 | Claude Arpi

Of course, the Chinese intrusions into Indian territory are not innocent. Solutions are there which lie in the re-opening of the Demchok route. But is China ready to do thisij Despite the Wuhan consensus (or ‘Wuhan spirit’) arrived at after the one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi...

All is not well in the Middle Kingdom

All is not well in the Middle Kingdom

Thursday, 02 August 2018 | Claude Arpi

Authorities in China have forgotten to provide a translation of the ‘friendship pillar’ which reads: Tibetans to be happy in the land of Tibet and Chinese in the land of China  In 821 AD, Tibet’s great emperor, Tritsuk Detsen and his Chinese counterpart entered into an agreement “seeking in their...

China attempting to square the circle

Thursday, 19 July 2018 | Claude Arpi

Jinping’s desire to make China a global power may land him in trouble as the Communist Party can’t rule without creating resentment. This will bring China to a dead-end China is a big country, a powerful state, but a nervous nation. Beijing is today able to rule far beyond its...

An Empire and its nervous periphery

Thursday, 05 July 2018 | Claude Arpi

China has been expanding its boundaries to fulfil its dream of becoming the world’s most powerful nation. But the picture is not rosy. Resentment among the best of China’s friends is growing Since the new Emperor sat on the throne in Beijing in 2012, the Middle Kingdom has steadily extended its...

Recalling the great China-Russia friendship

Thursday, 21 June 2018 | Claude Arpi

Openness in China-Russia relations is valuable. The comprehensive strategic partnership suggests that both support each other back-to-back but maintain a positive attitude in developing relations with others, including the West Information coming from Xinjiang, Western China’s restive Muslim province is rather depressing. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that the authorities in...

India and the Shangri-la Dialogue

Thursday, 07 June 2018 | Claude Arpi

The Modi Government has time and again showed adherence to the rules-based order in international forums. What Modi said at the Dialogue was the reiteration of this principle without directly pointing a finger at China Shangri-la is usually associated with a place in the Himalaya immortalised by James Hilton in his...

Preparing for China's information warfare

Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Claude Arpi

As Beijing intensifies the implementation of military/civilian doctrine, particularly media manipulation, India must stand prepared. Information will be an important part of any battle of tomorrow In 2003, China’s Central Military Commission approved the concept of ‘Three Warfares’, namely: (1) the coordinated use of strategic psychological operations; (2) overt and covert...

Sunday Edition

Full support to UP police: Gen Rawat

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Will win at least 140 seats in MP: BJP

09 December 2018 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

Indian Navy ship seizes arms, ammunition off Somali coast

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

New Delhi:

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Yogi trying to derail probe in Bulandshahr violence: Congress

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer