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."
According to a report in Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times, the China Civil Affairs Ministry had on April 14 standardized 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.
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