China on Friday defended the naming of 15 more places in Arunachal Pradesh, claiming that “the southern part of Tibet has been part of Chinese territory since ancient times”. India on Thursday took strong objection to China’s move to rename 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh, saying the state has always been and always will be an integral part of India as “fabricated” names will not change facts.
China announced names of Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabets for 15 more places in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, prompting a strong reaction from India. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, ‘We have seen such reports. This is not the first time that China has attempted to change the names of places in Arunachal Pradesh. China tried to change the name in this way in April 2017 also.
Making some names won’t change the facts
He said, “Arunachal Pradesh was and always will be an integral part of India. Coining up the names of places in Arunachal Pradesh will not change this fact. When asked about the reaction to India’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “Zhangnan (the southern part of China’s Tibet) is located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.” “It has been China’s territory since ancient times,” Lijian said in comments posted on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. China calls Arunachal Pradesh ‘Zangnan’.
China said – our minorities live here
Earlier, Lijian said, “The southern part of Tibet belongs to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China and has been China’s underlying territory.” “China’s ethnic minorities such as the Moinba and Tibetan ethnic groups have been living and working in the region for a long time and many places have been named,” Lijian said. “For the standardized management of the area, the competent authorities in China have published the names for the relevant area in accordance with the relevant regulations,” he said. These are matters which are under the sovereignty of China.
China has also given its name in 2017
For the second time, China has attempted to give standardized Chinese names for some places in Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier in 2017 a standardized naming of six places was tried. Rejecting China’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of South Tibet, the Ministry of External Affairs said that it is an integral part of India. China continues to oppose the visit of top Indian leaders and officials to Arunachal Pradesh.