China ‘renames’ 15 places in India’s Arunachal Pradesh in latest spat

China ‘renames’ 15 places in India’s Arunachal Pradesh in latest spat
India asserted that Arunachal Pradesh has ‘always been’ and will ‘always be’ its integral part

中国 has “renamed” 15 places in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, インド, in a region which Beijing claims is ‘South Tibet’.

China’s civil affairs ministry announced that it had “standardised” in Chinese characters and Tibetan and Roman alphabets, the names of 15 places in Zangnan or South Tibet, according to a report by the state-run 環球時報 毎日.

The places included eight residential areas, four mountains, two rivers and a mountain pass. It is the latest spat between the two major Asian powers.

しかしながら, Delhi pushbacked on the “invented names” and said did not change the fact that the place would “always be” part of India.

“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 Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for India’s federal external affairs ministry.

“Arunachal Pradesh has always been, and will always be an integral part of India. Assigning invented names to places in Arunachal Pradesh does not alter this fact.”

The names of the residential places are Sengkezong and Daglungzong in Cona County of Shannan Prefecture, Mani’gang, Duding and Migpain in Medog County of Nyingchi, Goling, Damba in Zayu County of Nyingchi, and Mejag in Lhunze County of Shannan Prefecture, 報告した 環球時報.

The four mountains included Wamo Ri, Dêu Ri, Lhünzhub Ri and Kunmingxingzê Feng, and two rivers are Xenyogmo He and Dulain He. The mountain pass is Se La, in Cona County.

The renaming was done “in accordance with regulations on geographical names issued by the State Council," 前記の 環球時報 報告書.

Lian Xiangmin, an expert with the China Tibetology Research Centre in Beijing, said further “standardisation” of names is to come.

彼は言った 環球時報 that China’s civil affairs ministry has made a “legitimate move” and that it was China’s “sovereign right” to do so.

“More standardised place names in the region will be announced in the future,” the expert was quoted as saying.

The latest development comes amid reports of China setting up infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh.

Two separate satellite images released in mid-November showed China has been setting a cluster of 60 buildings in Arunachal Pradesh, reported NDTV.