China also did the work of renaming places in Arunachal Pradesh in April 2017. During this too, India had reacted strongly to this move.
India China border. (symbolic picture)
China on Friday defended the naming of 15 more places in Arunachal Pradesh. Beijing claimed that the southern part of Tibet is an “inherent part” of its territory, that is, it has been part of it since the beginning. India on Thursday categorically rejected the move by China to rename 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh. New Delhi asserted that the state has always been and always will be an integral part of India as the fact that the names are coined will not change this fact. China announced names of Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabets for 15 more places in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.
India reacted strongly to this move of China. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, ‘We have seen such reports. This is not the first time that China has tried to change the names of places in Arunachal Pradesh. China tried to change the name in this way in April 2017 also. He said, ‘Arunachal Pradesh was and always will be an integral part of India. Coining up the names of places in Arunachal Pradesh will not change this fact. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.
What did China say after all?
At the same time, when asked about the reaction to India’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press conference in Beijing, ‘The southern part of Tibet belongs to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China and This has been an inherent territory of China. “People from different ethnic groups have been living in that area for many years and they have given many names to that area,” Lijian said. “For the standardized management of the area, the competent authorities in China have published the names for the respective area in accordance with the relevant regulations,” he said. These are matters that are under the sovereignty of China.
There was an attempt to change the name in 2017 as well.
For the second time, China has attempted to give standardized Chinese names to some places in Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier in 2017 a standardized naming of six places was tried. China continues to oppose the visit of top Indian leaders and officials to Arunachal Pradesh. Rejecting China’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of South Tibet, the Ministry of External Affairs said that it is an integral part of India. China has named places in Arunachal Pradesh at a time when the border dispute between India and China (India-China Border Dispute) in Ladakh continues.
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