China rename 6 places in Arunachal (20th-April-2017)
China announced that it has “standardised” official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh and termed the provocative move as a “legitimate action“, days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state.
The move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh. China claims the state as ‘South Tibet’.
- China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 that it 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 central government.
- The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri.
- These names reflect…China’s territorial claim over South Tibet (Arunachal Pradesh) is supported by clear evidence in terms of history, culture and administration.
- Reiterating that China’s claims over the east section of India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh were clear and consistent.
- The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covers Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.
- The two sides have so far held 19 rounds of Special Representatives talks to resolve the boundary dispute.
- China had lodged a diplomatic protest with India over the visit and warned that it would have a negative impact on the efforts to resolve the border dispute.