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

Arunachal Pradesh: The 'official names' of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri, says China.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:April 19, 2017 10:33 am
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China has, for the first time, announced ‘standardised’ official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state. The state media in Beijing said the move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim over the state. 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,” state-run Global Times reported on Wednesday. We are awaiting a reaction from the Indian government.

The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LoAC). 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 talks with Special Representatives to resolve the boundary dispute. China’s move comes just days after the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which was seventh since he fled from Tibet through Tawang and sought refuge in India. During the 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader’s
Arunachal Pradesh visit, China had warned India that it will take “necessary measures” to defend its territorial sovereignty and interests.

Commenting on the standardisation of the names of six places, Chinese experts said that it was a move to “reaffirm the country’s territorial sovereignty to the disputed region”, according to the daily.”The standardisation came amid China’s growing understanding and recognition of the geography in South Tibet. Naming the places is a step to reaffirm China’s territorial sovereignty to South Tibet,” Xiong Kunxin, a professor of ethnic studies at Beijing’s Minzu University of China, was quoted as saying.

Xiong said that the legalisation of the regions’ names is a part of the rule of law. “These names have existed since ancient times, but had never been standardised before. Therefore, announcing the names is like a remediation,” Guo Kefan, a research fellow at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, said. Standardising the names from the angles of culture and geography could serve as a reference or leverage when China and India negotiate border issues in future, Guo said. “The South Tibet region is located alongside China’s southwestern border and India’s north-eastern border where Sino-Indian border disputes are cantered,” the report said.

It claimed that India “abruptly announced that it was officially designating the region as ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ but the Chinese government has neither recognised India’s occupation of the region, nor the legitimacy of the province”. During the Dalai Lama’s Arunachal Pradesh visit, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who accompanied the Tibetan spiritual leader, had asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is “an inseparable part of India”.

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. After the nine-day visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had said that India should not use the Tibetan spiritual leader to
undermine China’s interests.

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    Alif Hakimi
    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    India has non-stop conflicts with more than one of its neighbors at the same time. Any conflict or war in South Asia involved India. India fought war with almost all its neighbors since WWII with stan, Bangladesh and China. India always think its others' fault whenever it has issues with others. India thinks its the most noble and righteous country in South Asia but 99 of South Asia's terrorists are of Indian origin. India's majority Hindus will never hesitate to use violence on other minority race in India. Examples are Gujarat 2002 anti-Muslims riot and 1984's anti-Sikh riot. ( Google Search " Thousands Sikhs m acred in anti-Sikh riot 1984 India ") and ( Google Search " 2002 Gujarat riot ") Modi is murderer in 2002 Gujarat riot and USA has banned him from entering USA until he became India's PM.
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      Alif Hakimi
      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:09 am
      India has no any friend or ally and is isolated from almost ALL its neighbor countries in South Asia because Indians have the nature where it loves to back stab or bully friends, neighbors or anybody closed to it. The latest example is Nepal where India openly interfered in Nepal's internal affairs. ( Google Search " India interfered Nepal's cons ution ") China has many allies from its neighbor countries like Cambodia, stan, North Korea, Laos, Myanmar and Russia (who always act together and backing each others in UNSC).
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        AslamBhai
        Apr 21, 2017 at 5:24 pm
        Alif I think either u don't have any knowledge of History...yes we are most noble and righteous country in South Asia ..... U are not aware about conditions of poor Muslims in stan or Bangladesh....
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          Alif Hakimi
          Apr 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm
          Is India most righteous country in South Asia ? Nepal not agree, stan not agree, China not agree...... India is even not accepted as permanent member of UNSC, how to be regarded as a super power in South Asia ? There is no need for me to have any knowledge. Now is digital internet era, I can always search any knowledge from Google Search. Billions of people in the world depend on Google Search to get information. Only old people living in slums don't search Google. UN sees India as a beggar country and in UNSC, India's status is similar to African countries like Congo and Somalia. With India's bad relation with China, I think India can never be accepted as permanent member of UNSC because China will 100 percent block India's application. ( Google Search " Sushma said India applying permanent member of UNSC "). Anyway Indians can always dream that India has already a permanent member of UNSC with Veto power.
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        Shekhar
        Apr 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm
        Indian official gazette in next week - Tibet Northern Arunachal, xinjiang Eastern J&K...well we are not going to do it...sounds so funny and studip...china like a self styled smart country always play such tactics...let the chinese do it and enjoy themselves..
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          Alif Hakimi
          Apr 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm
          India should never be allowed to be permanent member of UNSC or it will use it as a tool of revenge on others especially China and stan. China MUST use its Veto power to block India from applying as permanent member of UNSC. Indians love to make enemy with others. UNSC will be in a mess if India becomes its permanent member and there will be endless conflicts. Just like India has endless conflicts with almost all its neighbors in South Asia.
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          Binay
          Apr 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm
          Such rhetoric from China is dangerous for Asia. Not long ago, major regions of China were so poor that no western powers wanted to do business with that country. Now that they did develop to some extent, a neo-nationalism is followed by its leaders. They forgot history; the second world-war occurred because of "over-nationalism" by Germany, Italy and an. No neighbour of China except North Korea are its friends. I guess such Chinese policy will be reason for its downfall in future.
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            Alif Hakimi
            Apr 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm
            India is the one being isolated in South Asia. stan, China, Bangladesh are all India's neighbor enemies. India loves to back stab neighbors. Latest example is Nepal. ( Google Search " India interfered Nepal's cons ution ") China has neighbor friends like Russia, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos and Nepal recently included after back stabbed by India. India failed to join NSG because has China as enemy. Sushma said that India is going to apply as permanent member of UNSC. ( Google Search " India apply permanent member of UNSC "). But I think China will 100 use its Veto power to block it. China will never let India join UNSC as permanent member and let India back stab it later. That is the price India has to pay for having China and stan as enemies.
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            Pork Kabab
            Apr 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm
            It looks like Indian express is more concerned about China
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              Maheswar Deka
              Apr 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm
              China has always boasted about its military strength.It now hankers after lands that are owned by others. First, China annexed Tibet in 1951. Now, China is claiming India’ Arunachal Pradesh on the ground that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is a part of Tibet. With its unjustified claim over Arunachal Pradesh, China has become a laughing stock for everyone. India will have defended its border
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                sdas
                Apr 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm
                Suck it up Chin-Chin ! There is nobody in the world except your slave brothers ( in full glory ) who will accept the name.
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                  Satender Bansal
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                  These s claimed everything. South China sea, Illegally occupied Tibet, Aksai Chin and interfering in Gilgit. Its a rough country
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                    Rajesh Chibba
                    Apr 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm
                    Just like stan keeps dreaming about Kashmir, China too keeps dreaming about Arunachal Pradesh !
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                      Nishant
                      Apr 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm
                      China may do any name changes...we should rename it as Cheen in english, as we call it in our language. Let all English newspaper install a software to correct all references to China as Cheen or Chini. More than that we must deploy an independent nuclear strike Corp in Kashmir near CPEC and in Taiwang. Actually, Taiwang is a deliberate pressure cooking to take the valve off Gilgit Balitastan which is historically part of India, buy China is not a party to that.
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