India on Thursday vehemently denied that China renamed some places in Arunachal Pradesh, claiming that the state “has always been” and “always will be” an integral part of India and that the allocation of “invented” names does not change this fact.
India’s reaction came in response to Beijing announcing Chinese names for a further 15 locations in Arunachal Pradesh, which the neighboring country claims as southern Tibet.
“We have seen such. This is not the first time China has attempted such a renaming of places in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. China had also sought to assign such names in April 2017,” said Foreign Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi.
“Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will always be an integral part of India. Assigning invented names to places in Arunachal Pradesh does not change this fact,” he said.
Sir. Bagchi responded to a media inquiry about reports that China has renamed some places in Arunachal Pradesh in its own language.
China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on Wednesday that it had standardized with Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of 15 places in Zangnan, the Chinese name for Arunachal Pradesh, according to state-run Global Times.
This is in accordance with rules on geographical names issued by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, it said in a report.
Among the official names of the 15 sites, which were given exact longitude and latitude, are eight habitats, four are mountains, two are rivers and one is a mountain pass, the report said.
This is the second group of standardized names of places in Arunachal Pradesh given by China.
The first batch of the standardized names in six places was released in 2017.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet.
The eight residences in the second group are Sengkezong and Daglungzong in Cona County in Shannan Prefecture, Mani’gang, Duding and Migpain in Medog County in Nyingchi, Goling, Damba in Zayu County in Nyingchi and Mejag in Lhunze County in Shannan Prefecture, Global said. Times report.
The four mountains are Wamo Ri, Dêu Ri, Lhünzhub Ri and Kunmingxingzê Feng, stood there.
The two rivers are Xenyogmo He and Dulain He, and the mountain pass is called Se La, in Cona County.
The report quoted Lian Xiangmin, who is said to be an expert at the China Tibetology Research Center in Beijing, and claims that the message is part of the national survey of place names that has existed for hundreds of years.
China’s renaming of sites in Arunachal Pradesh came amid the protracted eastern Ladakh border stop that began in May last year.
Following the conflict, India also strengthened its overall military preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.
Eastern Army Commander-in-Chief Manoj Pande said in October that China has increased the intensity of its military exercises and deployment of troops in its depths to the LAC in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.
He said India had similarly prepared contingency plans to deal with any eventualities.
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