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India raps China for renaming towns in Arunachal 'illegally'

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

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

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. has always been an integral part of and will continue to do so."

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

According to a report in Chinese mouthpiece Global Times, the 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 Vijay Gokhale to protest the Dalai Lama's visit.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 20:42 IST