Renaming Arunachal places will not legalize China’s illegal claims: India

Renaming Arunachal places will not legalize China’s illegal claims: India

NEW DELHI, Apr 20: Taking strong exception to China renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh, India today said the act will not legalize illegitimate territorial claims of China as the state will always remain its integral part.

“Assigning invented names to the towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal,’’ Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay said here while replying to a question at the regular media briefing.

“Arunachal Pradesh is and will always be an integral part of India,’’ Baglay said dismissing the Chinese move, which obviously came in retaliation of the visit of the Dalai Lama to the state earlier this month.

According to Chinese media, the decision by Beijing to give its own name to six places in Arunachal Pradesh came in a bid to ‘reassert’ its ‘sovereignty’ over the area which it holds as ‘disputed.’

China’s Ministry of Civil Aviation announced on April 14 on its website that it had standardized in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabets 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.

As the Dalai Lama was visiting Arunachal Pradesh in the first week of this month, China had warned India that it would take ‘necessary measures’ to defend its territorial sovereignty. Beijing had registered a strong diplomatic protest with India saying that New Delhi’s hosting of the Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh would have a negative effect on border dispute.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had replied to the Chinese objection saying that Arunachal Pradesh was “an inseparable part of India”, and China had no right to interfere in its internal matter. (UNI)

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