Arunachal renaming row: China says it has ‘lawful right’ to standardise names

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China's position on the eastern section of the India- China boundary is clear and consistent.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 4:46 pm
Arunachal Pradesh, China Arunachal, China Arunachal Pradesh, China renaming Arunachal, China Renaming arunachal Pradesh, India China Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal pradesh dispute, India China relations, India news The renaming controversy made headlines on Thursday when China had announced it has ‘standardised’ official names for six places in the Northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

China on Friday dismissed India’s charge of inventing names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it is its ‘lawful right’ to do so, as reported by news agency PTI. China was responding to the Ministry of External Affairs’ statement on Thursday where it told a group of journalists in New Delhi that inventing names of states of a neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China’s position on the eastern section of the India- China boundary is clear and consistent, referring to Arunachal Pradesh. “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 was quoted as saying by PTI.

READ: China announces ‘standardised’ names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh

The renaming controversy made headlines on Thursday when China had announced it has ‘standardised’ official names for six places in the Northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh and termed the provocative move as ‘legitimate action’. In response, India reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. In a statement to the media yesterday, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said “renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour do not make illegal occupation as legal”.

china, china arunachal pradesh, arunachal pradesh china, china arunachal dispute, china renames arunachal places, india news, indian express news, latest news The six places span the breadth of the state — Wo’gyainling in the west, Bumo La in the east and the other four located in central Arunachal Pradesh. (Source: Google map)

READ: After China’s renaming move, India reiterates: ‘Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India’

The six names renamed by China are as follows: Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri. The corresponding names with their latitude and longitude taken into account list these places as Tawang, Kra Daadi, West Siang, Siang, Anjaw and Subansiri respectively. While some experts have viewed China’s latest move as a way to underscore its territorial sovereignty, China has said the decision to rename areas was a part of a census exercise indicating that more could follow.

The Dalai Lama

Meanwhile, earlier today, Chinese state-run media warned India that it will pay ‘dearly’ if it continues to play the Dalai Lama card. Beijing had lodged vociferous diplomatic protests with India over the Buddhist spiritual leader’s visit to the Northeastern state earlier this month and warned that it would have a negative impact on the efforts to resolve the border dispute. After the Dalai Lama’s nine-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh, China had said that India should not use the Tibetan spiritual leader to undermine China’s interests.

dalai lama, tawang, dalai lama visit, dalai lama arunachal visit, Buddhist monastery, Tawang monastery, Buddhist leader, india news, indian express news, latest news Dirang: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (L) talking to Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu at the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. PTI Photo

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 the Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

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    Muhammad Nauman Aftab
    Apr 22, 2017 at 7:40 am
    China has given a right answer to coward India. I think China should capture these areas as well.
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      Demented.Bhakt
      Apr 22, 2017 at 4:56 am
      India should call Chinese occupied territory as Akshai Chin. That would compensate what China did in Arunachal Pradesh.
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        S.Kumar
        Apr 22, 2017 at 4:27 am
        Only one solution to china... Do not purchase any made in china products weather we are in india or abroad,
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          Romik
          Apr 22, 2017 at 4:13 am
          Tomorrow China will rename parts of US and EU; that will not give them legal rights to it will it? India needs to have a strong presence in the border. Nobody respects a weak country. Look at Trump...he put his foot down and everyone backed off.
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            MyTake
            Apr 22, 2017 at 1:28 am
            Chinese are getting rattled seein the momentum India is building up and that on a democratic platform. It is indeed a threat to autocratic regime which the Chinese authorities, for their own "good reason" considering the greatest threat! And guess what! Which are the countries praise China?
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              Dalit
              Apr 22, 2017 at 1:23 am
              China seem to know that it is good time to attack Indian interests as India is being ruled by a totally incompetant man of a party of cowards and gaddars of India who are trying to project themseves as nationalists
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                NRI
                Apr 22, 2017 at 2:46 am
                You must be a sick ISI agent.
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                surge
                Apr 22, 2017 at 1:21 am
                Yeah whatever. The Chinese standard name for New Delhi is Xin Dali. Los Angeles is Luo Shan Ji. So what? Doesn't mean anything except that you have a problem pronouncing other languages.
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                  Subramanium
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 11:20 pm
                  China is a Paper-Cat not even a Paper-Tiger. They have been mentioning they will annex tiny Taiwan now for decades but can not. India is a land of 1,3 billion people the third strongest military power on this planet after Russia and USA. If Chinaman wants to disappear from planet earth that can be quiet easily arranged. The mighty Aryan Race originated in Central Asia and touching Indian subcontinent. Read the Rigveda and Avesta two similar epics. The Jewish lobby fears the word Aryan (I do not blame them) either they want to create a confusion or even if possible remove the word Aryan and Swastika from planet earth. They can never achieve this. The Jews are busy even spending money in India and using semi-educated people to push their agenda. But I believe they are fools. The Chinaman looks like an ape and the Aryan Race does not look up or look down on any one. We do not care for color though many Indian Aryans are lighter than European Aryans.
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                    Col. Dhillon
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm
                    China is a Paper-Cat not even a Paper-Tiger. They have been mentioning they will annex tiny Taiwan now for decades but can not. India is a land of 1,3 billion people the third strongest military power on this planet after Russia and USA. If Chinaman wants to disappear from planet earth that can be quiet easily arranged. The mighty Aryan Race originated in Central Asia and touching Indian subcontinent. Read the Rigveda and Avesta two similar epics. The Jewish lobby fears the word Aryan (I do not blame them) either they want to create a confusion or even if possible remove the word Aryan and Swastika from planet earth. They can never achieve this. The Jews are busy even spending money in India and using semi-educated people to push their agenda. But I believe they are fools. The Chinaman looks like an ape and the Aryan Race does not look up or look down on any one. We care for color though many Indian Ar
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                      What's.Actually.Akand.Bharat
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm
                      Bharat should capture China.Only way to expand A G A N D U BHARAT by capturing China is to marry away aryan origin girls to the Chinese boys. Aryans did that some 3000 years before by seducing the then Darius Prince many times. The strategy worked well arya Brahmins well and lead to their expansion as a species branching from pure Aryans. Such a strategy now would be a double whammy- bachelor Bagawat also wants to increase Brahmin po tion. Chinese are more whitish than South Asian indigenous people and can make at least twice that of Bagawats requirement of 5 children. That is what exactly Brahmin scoundrel RAM MADav meant by A G A N D U BHARAT!
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                        undefined
                        Apr 22, 2017 at 12:00 am
                        Indians should marry 4 China girls per per person!
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                        kalpna mishra
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm
                        china has forgotten how an occupied china and killed them like chicken. Depending on 1962 talking very high. But India changed too much and have the strength to show them their real position. your all neighour are your enimies like an Russia vietnam and so many others. We also declare the cities of Tibdet in our standard language. In our ancient book Tibdet area is also mentioned and it is legal to rename them and free them from chineese ocupation.
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                          APPAVOO S
                          Apr 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm
                          CHANGING THE NAMES OF 6NPLACES will not anything,'a rose by any name is still a rose'.
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                            s
                            Apr 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm
                            What interest has IE in reporting every single word spoken by Chinese officials? Does IE sincerely believe that the DalaiLama is a threat to China? Does IE believe Arunachal is part of China? They seem to gloat over so called warnings appearing in the Chines Global Times Let them know that it lies as much on China ,s side as ours to avoid intransigence. If
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                              N. Basu
                              Apr 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm
                              China had empires and they made maps on their 'world views', so did many others, the yrians, the Egyptians, the Romans, and nearer to our times, the British. The foolish Chinese must be told that these so called 'maps' do not impart them with undeniable rights in all historical times. If this be true, the Mongols have good rights to claim in the major areas of Chinese mainland. They can shout as much as they wish to but the Tibet and the province of Xingiang has never been rightfully a 'Chinese' territory. The world made a big mistake in allowing the Chinese to take over Tibet. The Chinese flout the international ruling on the South China Sea and fail to see how futile is their continuous drumming of their 'rights'. But the Chinese are not known for good manners.
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                                surge
                                Apr 22, 2017 at 1:22 am
                                If God had given them that much intellect we would have no issues.
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                                Chandu
                                Apr 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm
                                As a citizen of India, we are standardizing few names. China from now on called "Little India" . Beijing city will be called " Baji Rao City". We have lawful right too. Have some shame. Stop stealing publicly.
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                                  Annu Chopra
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm
                                  china is right. even vietnam, combodia, malaysia, indonesia, an,australia new york belongs to china. Chian must rename these countries
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                                    undefined
                                    Apr 22, 2017 at 12:04 am
                                    You left out Sri Lanka. One Chinese queen said that Sri Lanka is part of that dynasty queen of China!
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                                    i
                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm
                                    s dogs have gone berserk, it's time to taser them and put them in in a cage for good. Jai Hind
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                                      Ranjan
                                      Apr 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm
                                      If by renaming places in own language can create claim on the place then let's rename China in Hindi, start calling it ''Himalayottar Bharat'' (North of Himalaya India).
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                                        Manish Kumar Singh
                                        Apr 21, 2017 at 7:53 pm
                                        LoL China cant take one small iland from an and hongkong and macow, that last two given by british in 1997. And china have no guts to invade india. Coz america cant north korea then what you think china can touch us... Chinies only barking bcz realty is Tibbet in protest again . By barking they wanna fear tibbati lama's only. If now they touch single teritory of india it will full fledg world war. In it china india both will surely destroy. So They only barking fearing. The best move is to do thing silently. And indian gov doing so. 😉
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                                          Alif Hakimi
                                          Apr 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm
                                          Don't forget the ' 1984 anti-Sikh riot ' where tens of thousand Sikhs were m acred across India including innocent Sikh women and children. Indira hi was murdered by ONE SINGLE Sikh who was appointed by her as her personal guard. What has those tens of thousand m acred Sikhs have to do with him ? Indira hi was murder by the act of ONE SINGLE person. Why held tens of thousand other Sikhs to pay for it ? Isn't India a democracy country which is ruled by laws ? But was there any law to protect those tens of thousand innocent ordinary Sikh women and children at that time ?
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                                            Alif Hakimi
                                            Apr 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm
                                            Anti-Sikh riot in 1984
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                                              Bharat
                                              Apr 21, 2017 at 10:05 pm
                                              Are you gone mad , how come Chinese are connected with 1984 riots?
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                                                undefined
                                                Apr 22, 2017 at 12:10 am
                                                Yes. OK. Before that, some crazy Sikhs in many places pulled out Hindus from the buses and murdered them, bombed many places and showing off ! If they wanted Khalistan they could have formed it in stan.
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                                              laxman
                                              Apr 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                                              hand over dalai lama to china he is sanghhi agent a bogus buddhist
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                                                Damodar
                                                Apr 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm
                                                And you know that how? Being a Chinese troll does not help much. Dalai Lama is a noble laureate who is well respected by the world. The fact remains that communist China forcefully occupied his homeland, Tibet. That is a hard reality for China to swallow so is the Tianemman Square m acre of innocent Chinese by its military.
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                                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 8:20 pm
                                                  Dalai Lama should be declared a president of free Tibet and the ban invaders must be expelled from the pious land.
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                                                    Rakesh Chaubey
                                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm
                                                    is your anal sphincter lax, Mr. Laxman, that bogus bull$hit keeps spilling out of you?
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                                                    i
                                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm
                                                    It stime for India to declare a war against this rougue country and drop a couple of big ones on Beijing ans Shanghai.
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                                                      Rakesh Chaubey
                                                      Apr 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                                                      Sarfaroshi ki tamanna gar tumhare dil me hai. dekh le ki zor kitna tere baazu-e-buzdil mein hai. Be realistic or else what you say sounds hollow. As long as your Idols are Made in China, your soul belongs to them.
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