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Have lawful right to standardise names in Arunachal: China

Beijing, Apr 21 (PTI)
Published on 22 Apr. 2017 12:12 AM IST
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China said Friday that it was its “lawful right” to standardise official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, while its state-run media warned that India will pay “dearly” if it continues to play the Dalai Lama card.
“China’s position on the eastern section of the India- China boundary is clear and consistent,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said here reacting to India’s assertion that Arunachal Pradesh is integral part of India. “Relevant names have been used by ethnic Momba and Tibetan Chinese who have lived here for generations. So it is a fact that cannot be changed. To standardise these names and publicise them is a legitimate measure based on our lawful right,” he said.
Lu also countered India’s charge that China is inventing names to make its territorial claims over the area legal. India yesterday hit out at China for giving Chinese names to six areas of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.
However, Lu did not react to Union Minister Venkiah Naidu’s remarks that Arunachal Pradesh has got an elected government. Earlier, the Global Times, in an op-ed article, said India will pay “dearly” if it continues the “petty game” of playing the Dalai Lama card and dismissed as “absurd” New Delhi’s reaction to Beijing renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal students’ body flays China’s move
The powerful All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Friday described Beijing’s move to rename six places in the state as an “uncalled for” and unwarranted act.
It also termed Beijing’s move to rename six places in Arunachal in the backdrop of Dalai Lama’s recent visit to the state as intriguing and unnecessarily interfering into the internal affair of a sovereign nation.
“History is the living witness that Arunachal was never a part of China at any given point of time,” AAPSU President, Hawa Bagang said. “Such parochial approach and idea won’t have any takers in the state of Arunachal Pradesh who are one of the most patriotic people in the country,” he said. The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 on its website that it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet names of six places in Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls “South Tibet”. The six names are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri. The state-run Global Times, which reported the ministry’s move on Tuesday, did not say which six places in Arunachal Pradesh were being referred to.
China had strongly protested the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to Arunachal Pradesh, especially Tawang earlier this month.
Describing the development “uncalled for” and “unwarranted” act on part of the China government, Bagang said: “It is a deliberate plan to create confusion and commotion for their long term sinister design in the international community.”

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