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China renames 6 places in Arunachal, India hits back: What we know so far

Despite efforts by China and India to improve ties deep suspicions persist

Surbhi Gloria Singh  |  New Delhi 

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama arrives at Bomdila in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.  Photo: PTI
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama arrives at Bomdila in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Upset with India for allowing exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the to visit earlier this month, on Thursday issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in

is an eastern Himalayan state administered by India but claimed by as Southern Tibet.

Last week, China's civil affairs ministry released a list of six places in the region disputed with India, with what considers to be their formal names, in Chinese, Tibetan and English to assert its sovereignty. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move was appropriate and reflected the names used by Chinese ethnic groups, such as the Tibetans, over a long time.

Despite efforts by and India to improve ties over recent years, deep suspicions persist, especially over their border dispute.

Here is what we know so far:

* Tibetan spiritual leader visited Tawang district in from April 7 to 11.

* lodged a diplomatic protest with India when the began his visit to on April 4. said that Dalai Lama's visit will have a "negative impact" on China-India ties and New Delhi should not use the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to "undermine" Beijing's interests. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned  that Dalai Lama's visit to will "have serious damage on bilateral relations."

* Indian officials dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to in eight years, saying he is a spiritual leader who has a devoted following in the region.

* Days after Dalai Lama's visit, issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in "These names also reflect, and explain from one aspect, that China's territorial claims on Southern Tibet have an obvious historical, cultural and administrative jurisdiction basis," Lu told a daily news briefing. The ministry of civil affairs in Beijing issued an order on April 14 saying that, "The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri". It did not give the existing names of the six towns in Arunachal Pradesh, but Bumo La could be BumLa, an area that was captured by in 1962 but from which it later withdrew.

* Chinese media supported the move saying, "should not hesitate to answer “blows with blows” if India chooses to play dirty by allowing the to visit Arunachal Pradesh".

India dismisses China's claim

India has categorically given a stern message to that renaming towns of doesn't make illegally held territory legal.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said "every inch" of belongs to India and has "no business" to name any Indian place.

"is totally part and parcel of India. has no business to name any of the district. I don't know why they have taken this step," said Naidu.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that is an integral part of India. "Assigning invented names to towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. is and will always be an integral part of India," Baglay told reporters.

China's ploy an old thing

had used a similar ploy naming islands in South Sea or pulling out ancient records showing old Chinese names of islands to support its claims over the sea areas, and fight back similar claims from other countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines.

According to TOI, may use old maps to justify new names.

The new names will be shown in the international diplomatic arena as proof of China's claims, informed sources told TOI. might even pull out old maps and records to show that these names existed for hundreds of years. At present, it has scant historical record to support its claims besides the fact that the 6th was born in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, and the Tawang monastery was linked to monasteries in in the past.

Dalai Lama

The has lived in exile in India since 1959 when he fled Lhasa following a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. The influential leader is reviled by Beijing, which views him as a threat to China’s control of Tibet.

India to upgrade defence infrastructure

India moved to upgrade its defence infrastructure along the border with China, announcing the construction of two Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) at Tawang and Dirang in on Thursday, a day after Beijing gave its own names to six places in the northeastern state.

Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar held a high-level review meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed the ALGs to be constructed in Dirang and Tawang.

Khandu has promised to speed up clearance of pending issues to expedite construction of the airfields.

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China renames 6 places in Arunachal, India hits back: What we know so far

Despite efforts by China and India to improve ties deep suspicions persist

Despite efforts by China and India to improve ties deep suspicions persist
Upset with India for allowing exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the to visit earlier this month, on Thursday issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in

is an eastern Himalayan state administered by India but claimed by as Southern Tibet.

Last week, China's civil affairs ministry released a list of six places in the region disputed with India, with what considers to be their formal names, in Chinese, Tibetan and English to assert its sovereignty. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move was appropriate and reflected the names used by Chinese ethnic groups, such as the Tibetans, over a long time.

Despite efforts by and India to improve ties over recent years, deep suspicions persist, especially over their border dispute.

Here is what we know so far:

* Tibetan spiritual leader visited Tawang district in from April 7 to 11.

* lodged a diplomatic protest with India when the began his visit to on April 4. said that Dalai Lama's visit will have a "negative impact" on China-India ties and New Delhi should not use the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to "undermine" Beijing's interests. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned  that Dalai Lama's visit to will "have serious damage on bilateral relations."

* Indian officials dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to in eight years, saying he is a spiritual leader who has a devoted following in the region.

* Days after Dalai Lama's visit, issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in "These names also reflect, and explain from one aspect, that China's territorial claims on Southern Tibet have an obvious historical, cultural and administrative jurisdiction basis," Lu told a daily news briefing. The ministry of civil affairs in Beijing issued an order on April 14 saying that, "The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri". It did not give the existing names of the six towns in Arunachal Pradesh, but Bumo La could be BumLa, an area that was captured by in 1962 but from which it later withdrew.

* Chinese media supported the move saying, "should not hesitate to answer “blows with blows” if India chooses to play dirty by allowing the to visit Arunachal Pradesh".

India dismisses China's claim

India has categorically given a stern message to that renaming towns of doesn't make illegally held territory legal.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said "every inch" of belongs to India and has "no business" to name any Indian place.

"is totally part and parcel of India. has no business to name any of the district. I don't know why they have taken this step," said Naidu.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that is an integral part of India. "Assigning invented names to towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. is and will always be an integral part of India," Baglay told reporters.

China's ploy an old thing

had used a similar ploy naming islands in South Sea or pulling out ancient records showing old Chinese names of islands to support its claims over the sea areas, and fight back similar claims from other countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines.

According to TOI, may use old maps to justify new names.

The new names will be shown in the international diplomatic arena as proof of China's claims, informed sources told TOI. might even pull out old maps and records to show that these names existed for hundreds of years. At present, it has scant historical record to support its claims besides the fact that the 6th was born in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, and the Tawang monastery was linked to monasteries in in the past.

Dalai Lama

The has lived in exile in India since 1959 when he fled Lhasa following a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. The influential leader is reviled by Beijing, which views him as a threat to China’s control of Tibet.

India to upgrade defence infrastructure

India moved to upgrade its defence infrastructure along the border with China, announcing the construction of two Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) at Tawang and Dirang in on Thursday, a day after Beijing gave its own names to six places in the northeastern state.

Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar held a high-level review meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed the ALGs to be constructed in Dirang and Tawang.

Khandu has promised to speed up clearance of pending issues to expedite construction of the airfields.
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China renames 6 places in Arunachal, India hits back: What we know so far

Despite efforts by China and India to improve ties deep suspicions persist

Upset with India for allowing exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the to visit earlier this month, on Thursday issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in

is an eastern Himalayan state administered by India but claimed by as Southern Tibet.

Last week, China's civil affairs ministry released a list of six places in the region disputed with India, with what considers to be their formal names, in Chinese, Tibetan and English to assert its sovereignty. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move was appropriate and reflected the names used by Chinese ethnic groups, such as the Tibetans, over a long time.

Despite efforts by and India to improve ties over recent years, deep suspicions persist, especially over their border dispute.

Here is what we know so far:

* Tibetan spiritual leader visited Tawang district in from April 7 to 11.

* lodged a diplomatic protest with India when the began his visit to on April 4. said that Dalai Lama's visit will have a "negative impact" on China-India ties and New Delhi should not use the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to "undermine" Beijing's interests. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned  that Dalai Lama's visit to will "have serious damage on bilateral relations."

* Indian officials dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to in eight years, saying he is a spiritual leader who has a devoted following in the region.

* Days after Dalai Lama's visit, issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in "These names also reflect, and explain from one aspect, that China's territorial claims on Southern Tibet have an obvious historical, cultural and administrative jurisdiction basis," Lu told a daily news briefing. The ministry of civil affairs in Beijing issued an order on April 14 saying that, "The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri". It did not give the existing names of the six towns in Arunachal Pradesh, but Bumo La could be BumLa, an area that was captured by in 1962 but from which it later withdrew.

* Chinese media supported the move saying, "should not hesitate to answer “blows with blows” if India chooses to play dirty by allowing the to visit Arunachal Pradesh".

India dismisses China's claim

India has categorically given a stern message to that renaming towns of doesn't make illegally held territory legal.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said "every inch" of belongs to India and has "no business" to name any Indian place.

"is totally part and parcel of India. has no business to name any of the district. I don't know why they have taken this step," said Naidu.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that is an integral part of India. "Assigning invented names to towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. is and will always be an integral part of India," Baglay told reporters.

China's ploy an old thing

had used a similar ploy naming islands in South Sea or pulling out ancient records showing old Chinese names of islands to support its claims over the sea areas, and fight back similar claims from other countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines.

According to TOI, may use old maps to justify new names.

The new names will be shown in the international diplomatic arena as proof of China's claims, informed sources told TOI. might even pull out old maps and records to show that these names existed for hundreds of years. At present, it has scant historical record to support its claims besides the fact that the 6th was born in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, and the Tawang monastery was linked to monasteries in in the past.

Dalai Lama

The has lived in exile in India since 1959 when he fled Lhasa following a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. The influential leader is reviled by Beijing, which views him as a threat to China’s control of Tibet.

India to upgrade defence infrastructure

India moved to upgrade its defence infrastructure along the border with China, announcing the construction of two Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) at Tawang and Dirang in on Thursday, a day after Beijing gave its own names to six places in the northeastern state.

Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar held a high-level review meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed the ALGs to be constructed in Dirang and Tawang.

Khandu has promised to speed up clearance of pending issues to expedite construction of the airfields.

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