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Altering name doesn’t change reality, India slams China

| | New Delhi

India attacked China on Thursday for renaming six cities of Arunachal Pradesh saying changing names doesn’t alter reality and make illegal claims legal. Also, New Delhi asserted that Arunachal remains integral part of India.

In retaliation to India’s decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit Tawang in Arunachal recently, China on Wednesday announced that it has “standardised” official names for six places in the Northeastern State. It termed the provocative move as a “legitimate action”.

“Assigning invented names to the towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. Arunachal is and will always be an integral part of India,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said every inch of Arunachal belongs to India and China renaming Indian cities “makes no sense”.  He added no country has the right to rename Indian cities.

According to media reports from China its Civil Affairs Ministry had “standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in South Tibet, which India calls ‘Arunachal Pradesh’, in accordance with the regulations of the State Council.”

The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. It seems Wo’gyainling is likely the name given by Chinese for Ugyen Ling monastery, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama in Tawang district, Qoidêngarbo Ri is likely to be Choten Karpo Ri, Mainquka is likely to be Mechuka in West Siang district and Bümo La is likely to be Bumla, near Tawang.

The reports claimed naming the places is a step to reaffirm China’s territorial sovereignty to South Tibet. However, Baglay said that naming towns does not alter reality that these towns of Arunachal Pradesh are within Indian territory.



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