India Strictly Rejects China’s Renaming Outright In Arunachal Pradesh
For the third time China renames 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh which includes five mountain peaks, two land areas, two towns, and two rivers, which are under Indian territories.
As part of its efforts to reaffirm its claim over the state, China has revealed a list of new names for 11 locations in Arunachal Pradesh. China has “renamed” locations in Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers to as “Zangnan, the southern section of Tibet,” three times.
In compliance with rules on geographic names published by the State Council, China’s cabinet, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China yesterday released a list of names in Chinese, Tibetan, and pinyin characters.
Five mountain peaks, two land areas, two towns, and two rivers are all listed in China’s list of names.
China presented a list of six names in 2017, and it “renamed” 15 locations in Arunachal Pradesh in 2021, the first two of these lists to be published.
On both occasions, New Delhi vehemently denied China’s assertions, insisting that the state has “always been” and “always will be” a crucial component of India.
Speaking on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Arindam Bagchi stated in December 2021, “This is not the first time China has sought such a renaming of sites in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.”
It has always been and always will be true that Arunachal Pradesh is a fundamental component of India. This fact cannot be changed by giving localities in Arunachal Pradesh made-up names, he had remarked.
The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, has reported that the Chinese government is implementing what it calls “standardized geographical names.” The Global Times is a member of the People’s Daily family of newspapers.
Days after the Dalai Lama’s trip to Arunachal Pradesh in 2017, China made the first list of names public. Beijing was highly critical of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s trip.
After China seized military control of the Himalayan area in 1950, the Dalai Lama fled from Tibet via Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and sought asylum in India.
Last year in December, Indian and Chinese troops fought along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang sector of the state, escalating a months-long border impasse in eastern Ladakh.
Rajnath Singh, the defense minister, then charged China with attempting to “unilaterally” alter the status quo along the LAC.
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