Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Bagalay
on Thursday said, "When you rename towns of your neighbour, it doesn't make illegally held territory legal. Arunachal Pradesh
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, China
renamed six towns of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing
calls 'South Tibet'.
According to a report in Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times, the China
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 China
summoned India's envoy in Beijing
Vijay Gokhale to protest the Dalai Lama's visit.