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Have lawful right to standardise names in Arunachal: China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

said today that it was its "lawful right" to standardise official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, while its state-run media warned that will pay "dearly" if it continues to play the card.

"China's position on the eastern section of the India- boundary is clear and consistent," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said here reacting to India's assertion that is integral part of

"Relevant names have been used by ethnic Momba and Tibetan Chinese who have lived here for generations. So it is a fact that cannot be changed. To standardise these names and publicise them is a legitimate measure based on our lawful right," he said.

Lu also countered India's charge that is inventing names to make its territorial claims over the area legal.

yesterday hit out at China for giving Chinese names to six areas of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that is an integral part of India.

However, Lu did not react to Union Minister Venkiah Naidu's remarks that has got an elected government.

Earlier, the Global Times, in an op-ed article, said India will pay "dearly" if it continues the "petty game" of playing the card and dismissed as "absurd" New Delhi's reaction to Beijing renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 17:07 IST