China renames six places in Arunachal, says ‘1st batch’

The six names on the list are: Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: April 20, 2017 5:38 am
india china, india china relations, arunachal china, arunachal china relations, arunachal area name, chinese government, arunachal cities name, china ministry, Dalai Lama, arunachal pradesh rename, china rename arunachal, indian express news, india 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)

DAYS AFTER reiterating that the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh would damage India-China relations and registering a protest with the Indian Ambassador in Beijing, the Chinese government has “standardised” names for six areas in the state. While experts said the move was meant to underscore its territorial sovereignty to India, the Chinese government said it was a legitimate process as part of a census exercise, and indicated that more could follow.

The announcement of the six names was made by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs on April 14. “According to relevant regulations on the management of place names, the department has standardised some place names in China’s South Tibet region. We have released the first batch of the place names in South Tibet (six in total),” said the announcement. The six names on the list are: Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri. The latitude and longitude listed with the names show these places as Tawang, Kra Daadi, West Siang, Siang (where Mechuka or Menchuka is an emerging tourist destination), Anjaw and Subansiri respectively.

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. Addressing a press briefing on Wednesday, Lu Kang, spokesperson, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the standarisation of names was legitimate. “China has a coherent and clear standpoint of the border between China and India. It is proper action to announce those Chinese place names to the public, as it is according to regulations established by the State Council,” Lu said.

Asked if the move was China’s response to the Dalai Lama’s visit, Lu said, “I can also tell you that the Chinese government is carrying out the second national census and one of the important tasks is to standardise minority names. In the next step, relevant departments will further increase the research on the study of Tibetan names, and we will be able to publish more standard names.”

According to Lu, the standardisation was necessary since all names used in “southern Tibet” were inherited through word-of-mouth for generations by minority ethic groups. “These names reflect and indicate from one aspect, that China’s proposal on the sovereignty claim of South Tibet region has a prominent historical, cultural, administative and jurisdictional basis,” Lu said.

Wang Dehua, Director, Institute for South and Central Asia Studies in Shanghai, maintained that through this move, China wanted to prove its territorial jurisdiction and was not necessarily a response to the Dalai Lama’s visit. “The changing of names is an ongoing process in China. Just like how Bombay was changed to Mumbai or Madras was changed to Chennai in India. It just so happens that the names standardised are in southern Tibet,” Wang said. “India has played the Tibet card now and it may not work. Soon, India may play the China-Pakistan card too. But the way forward is cooperation, not confrontation,” he said.

Lu had said on Tuesday that the Dalai Lama’s visit had damaged China-India relations. “For some time, due to reasons known to all, the political foundation for China-India relations has been damaged, casting a shadow over bilateral relations and the boundary negotiations. What is imperative now is for the Indian side to take concrete actions to honour its solemn promises on Tibet-related issues,” he had said. He had added that India should never use the 14th Dalai Lama to “undermine China’s core interests”. “If the situation has to improve, India must send a signal to China, like restricting the Dalai Lama’s activities, and renew commitments over the border dispute,” Wang said.

 

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First Published on: April 20, 2017 5:00 am
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    Bhadrapati Devi
    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    China is expert in inch than in yard. The present exercise has a strong political ramification for China legitimate claim year down the line. They want Arunachal Pradesh to be a disputed territory between India and China in international fora.
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      mmg
      Apr 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm
      stop all chinese products by making subs utes i india !
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        goldenfig
        Apr 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm
        For such fellas why should we design anything like Jio? So they can make in China and sell to India?
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          Naresh
          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm
          We will name China as India, that dosent mean that China becomes India. Let China play all its dirty rogue political games. No use :)
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            Raj Gopal
            Apr 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm
            I think we should accept China's intention and legitimate owner of the area which belongs to Tibet. We have allowed Dalai Lama to visit that area and he is a Chinese as per Indian declaration of Tibet a part of China. China is now next super power nation after US. Do not attempt to challenge China.
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              Sujatha Selvam
              Apr 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm
              Dar e? What we lack now is a be ing reply to China's challenge and misadventures. Our Prime Ministers and his bhakts are making a lot of noises against stan but apply restrainment towards China. We must treat China as we treat P a k i s t a n.
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              satender Kumar
              Apr 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm
              India at this time is strong enough to meet any eventuality. China might be thinking that India is as weak as in 1962. First India should stop all type of imports from China and also rename China's border areas as per Indian version. China is having expansionist policy and they want to grab all nearby areas viz; land, water etc.
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                Ivan
                Apr 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm
                True. We should get into this renaming game too. Issue maps excluding Tibet and Xinjiang from China. Regard Mon ans as the original rulers of China. Two can play this game.
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                  Ivan
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                  What is wrong with the IE filters !!!
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                Satyamev Jayate
                Apr 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm
                China's communist run media keep barking that India will isolate itself if India stay out of Belt & Road. Those who mentions India will Isolate is the biggest fool. How could world's largest MANPOWER, potential largest manufacturing HUB, potential superpower, potential largest economy of the world will Isolate??? China made Belt & Road and India made INSTC, Monsoon maritime trade route and India- South Asia economic corridors. How will India isolate!! Its impossible to isolate India. Only China can isolate India for their own personal chinese egoism satisfaction. If China isolates India that day all indians will be most happiest.. No more chinese trade/goods will be available in India.
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                  Curious onlooker
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                  All imagined potentials are delusional and phantasmagorical. India must get real and quit day dreaming.
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                  Curious onlooker
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm
                  The BJP government had successfully primed various communities of India with its divisive policies to be at daggers drawn with each other, China will find it to their advantage to create any havoc in India they fancy without difficulty, probably with the help of millions of people from discontented communities. Thanks to Hindu radical extremists.
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                    Raghu
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                    Days are near that China needs another "Genghis khan take its heart comes bleeding" - this time India make this happen - History will repeat again- when Indian army marches into Forbidden city of Beijing to break communist walls- Lay Indian Tri color for next 500 years. Till then these in humane Chinese never know what is Peace.
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                      Sohail
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm
                      Which History is going to repeat itself ? 1962 ?
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                      JM
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 11:45 am
                      So all this time, China didn't know the names of places in Arunachal though they claim it as part of their land. That itself shows the validity of their claim. India should not bother. We should open up Arunachal through new road and rail networks. Fence and fortify the w border with China including whatever (long range nukes targetting Beijing)necessary. Develop it as a international tourist place to showcase Bhudhism.
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                        Marathaa
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 11:18 am
                        acha din aayega.......
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                          K.Suresh
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 11:16 am
                          So what ? I will call it chinistan.
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                            Pundit Ram Persad
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:32 am
                            This should be easy to resolve, all we have to do is get Modi Jee to show China the 56 inch chest. That should tell China not to mess with us. The names will be reverted to our likings. Problem solved.
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                              Curious onlooker
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                              You are either satirical or simply demented.
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                              RAMESHNK
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 10:23 am
                              India should not parti te in One Road and other similar initiatives that China wants India to Join in the South Asiuan region. China only talks sense when business and its interest is involved. In other issues its natioonal interests come. China thinks Indians are fools. They betra the poor Nehru and think the present leadership i slike Nehru or his followers. India should steadfastedly pursue out national interests and should look m into issue carefuly and give graded response. BOYCOTT CHINESE GOODS IN INDIA. BOYCOYTT CHINESE.
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                                Pundit Ram Persad
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 10:43 am
                                Start right away by throwing your keyboard into trash. Afterwards all items in your house be thrown out and replaced with pure Indian made items.
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                                AJU
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 9:15 am
                                Of course this step of China will be accepted by the failed State Porkistan and Taliban, AlQaeeda & ISIS
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                                  Pundit Ram Persad
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 10:33 am
                                  Start right away by throwing your keyboard into trash. Afterwards all items in your house be thrown out and replaced with pure Indian made items.
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                                    Pundit Ram Persad
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:43 am
                                    Start right away by throwing your keyboard into trash. Afterwards all items in your house be thrown out and replaced with pure Indian made items.
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                                    Sreesheel Sreekumar
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:47 am
                                    The Chinese, if they want, can standardize names of places in China ! Standardizing names of Indian areas, is nothing but rubbish ! India should respond by laughing at this news and by calling the Chinese immature and not fit to be a superpower !
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                                      Truth
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 8:16 am
                                      Both C H I N A and P A K I S T A N have decided to cap.ture and divide our territories between themselves through their pro.posed cor.ridor.........Putin and Trump support each other.........Trump has not only increased U S military aid to P A K I S T A N, but also extended his ties with C H I N A.............Very soon matters will go out of hand unless we sit up and start taking things seriously !
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                                        Pundit Ram Persad
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 10:35 am
                                        We should immediately launch surgical strikes into China and stan, that will bring the two countries into senses.
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                                        Prateik
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 8:07 am
                                        Modi should immediately seek help from Israelites to counter China. When Modi visits Israel, if at all, then that would make China u r I n a t e.- accordingly to israeli tasting bhakts.
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                                          Pundit Ram Persad
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 10:36 am
                                          Yes, Israel can also teach us how to fight with children, since they do it all the time.
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                                          i
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 7:51 am
                                          India should make Dalai Lama an acting prime minister of Tibet and invite him to address Indian Parliament. India should also move to a Tibetan independence resolution in UN.
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                                            Pundit Ram Persad
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:29 am
                                            Better would be if India can make Dalai Lama acting President of China.
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                                            yash sehgal
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 7:32 am
                                            In its reply, India should immediately rename Beijing as Bhaiji Nagar n Shanghai as Shyam Nagar n reiterate that Shyam ( Krishna) ruled over it n his brother Balram ruled over Beijing or Bhaiji Nagar.. BJP is born expert in renaming cities like from Gurgaon to Ghorugram
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                                              Pundit Ram Persad
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 10:38 am
                                              Even better would be to change the name of China and call it China-Pur in our maps. That will teach them some real lesson.
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                                                isaac
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 11:52 am
                                                Ha ha ha ....not Chinapur ...... Chinpur
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                                              G k
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 7:10 am
                                              In Indian spritual tradition word is not given importance. Because word is not the thing. Word has no value other than communication. Indian spiruality encourage to see things without words as it reveals mysteries of life and how we are slaves to words and sometimes fakely take it as original. If China wishes to be in illusory world of word then let it be. It has given new word in year 2017 while the area existed time immemorial which proves it is not theirs but they are laying claims on it year 2017 which makes their claims conocated.
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                                                Pundit Ram Persad
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 10:45 am
                                                Fantastic philosophy, let's show to China. They should revert back to Indian names after the sharing of this.
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