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.

An Empire and its nervous periphery

Thursday, 05 Jul 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

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 Jun 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

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 Jun 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

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 | in Edit

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...

Importance of Sikkim as a border State

Thursday, 10 May 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The Himalayan people may not represent a large or politically influential section of the population, but India’s security depends on them. It is, therefore, essential to empower local residents Sikkim is a special State and this for many reasons. First, Denjong or the Valley of Rice, as Sikkim is traditionally known,...

The fate of a visionary diplomat

Thursday, 26 Apr 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Had Nehru followed the advice of Sumul Sinha, the Indian official who had warned him about the intentions of communist China, the destiny of the nation could have been different One does not often pay homage to unknown diplomats: Had their advice been followed, the destiny of the nation could, perhaps,...

China’s craving for mad old dreams

Thursday, 12 Apr 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Chinese scientists continue to work on grandiose dam projects which are bound to do more harm than good. But these megaprojects may not quench the locals' thirst for freedom China is thirsty. What can the Middle Kingdom do to quench its thirst? Simple, have said the Chinese experts for decades, divert...

China's inroads near the Indian borders

Thursday, 29 Mar 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Relaxing PAP scheme is a good idea but as a modern state we must use electronic means to control visitors to India’s frontiers even as we promote border tourism The Union Government is thinking of relaxing the Protected Area Permit (PAP) scheme to enable foreign tourists visit border areas. This is...

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...


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