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India raps China for renaming towns in Arunachal 'illegally'

When you rename towns of neighbour, it doesn't make illegally held territory legal: Bagalay

ANI  |  New Delhi 

A bulldozer clears a landslide from India's Tezpur-Tawang highway, which runs to the Chinese border, in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: Reuters
A bulldozer clears a landslide from India’s Tezpur-Tawang highway, which runs to the Chinese border, in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: Reuters

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

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson on Thursday said, "When you rename towns of your neighbour, it doesn't make illegally held territory legal. has always been an integral part of India and will continue to do so."

In a bid to retaliate on Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama's recent India visit, renamed six towns of Arunachal Pradesh, which calls 'South Tibet'.

According to a report in Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times, the Civil Affairs Ministry had on April 14 standardised six places in South Tibet, which India calls 'Arunachal Pradesh', in accordance with the regulations of the State Council.

The report added, "The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri."

The move comes after summoned India's envoy in Vijay Gokhale to protest the Dalai Lama's visit.

First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 20:29 IST
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