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China Renames 30 Places in Arunachal Pradesh, India Dismissive

China Renames 30 Places in Arunachal Pradesh, India Dismissive

China Renames 30 Places in Arunachal Pradesh, India Dismissive

NEW DELHI (ANI, IANS) – China, in a new list, has renamed 30 locations in Arunachal Pradesh with Chinese and Tibetan names as part of its continuing efforts to assert claims over the northeastern Indian state. This is the fourth time that China has done this.

The latest action comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the region and inaugurated the Sela Tunnel built at an altitude of 13,000 feet, which will make it easier for troop movement in the mountainous region.

“China may repeat its baseless claims as many times as they want. That is not going to change the position. Arunachal Pradesh was, is, and will always remain an integral and inalienable part of India,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said last week after Beijing protested Modi’s visit.

Asked about the latest move, external affairs minister S Jaishankar told reporters: “If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine? Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always be a state of India. Changing names does not have an effect.”

Beijing last standardized the names of 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh using Chinese characters, Tibetan, and pinyin, which is the standard romanization of Mandarin characters, on Chinese maps in April 2023.

The new renaming affects 11 residential areas, 12 mountains, four rivers, one lake, one mountain pass, and a piece of land.

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  • Interesting news! The following additional information can be gleaned from an article from reuters.com of April 2, 2024.

    “India rejects China’s renaming of 30 places in Himalayan border state
    April 2, 202412:40 AM PDTUpdated 2 days ago”

    “ India rejected China’s renaming of about 30 places in its northeastern Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, calling the move “senseless” and reaffirming that the border province is an “integral” part of India.

    Beijing says Arunachal Pradesh, which its calls Zangnan, is a part of South Tibet – a claim New Delhi has repeatedly dismissed. China similarly ratcheted up tensions a year ago by giving Chinese names to 11 locations in the state.

    Troops of the nuclear-armed neighbours engaged in minor scuffles along their disputed frontier in the state in Dec. 2022, and tensions eased after extensive military and diplomatic talks.

    Yet the state is frequently the cause of friction between the Asian giants whose ties have nosedived since a bloody border clash between their troops in the western Himalayas in 2020.”

    “ China, in a statement on Saturday, said it had standardised the names of about 30 places in what it calls South Tibet, “in accordance with the relevant regulations on place name management of the State Council”.

    “The U.S. also weighed in on the issue, saying it recognised Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory and “strongly opposed” any unilateral attempts to make claims on it by military or civilian “incursion or encroachments”.

    China had opposed these remarks, saying the matter “has nothing to do with the U.S.”.
    India and China share a 3,800 km (2,400 mile) border – much of it poorly demarcated – over which they also fought a bloody war in 1962.”

    “Twenty Indian soldiers and four Chinese troops were killed in hand-to-hand combat in 2020, prompting both countries to fortify positions and deploy extra troops and equipment along the border.”

    April 3, 2024
    • I do not know why Modi is objecting to 30 name changes of rivers, cities and other places of China, when Modi’s government has also changed the current names of more than 3000 places, cities, schools, railway stations and streets around India including the name of India to Bharat?

      April 5, 2024
  • OK. say they did.

    It is simply petty. But if the game is to be played. NATO nations, allies and India can start renaming:

    South China Sea – East Asia Sea
    Xinxiang – TurkMongol
    Tibet – CoT (Chinese Occupied Tibet)…..the new slogan “GET OFF THE CoT”

    Many more easy ones. USA can easily oblige Google and the other mapping service to start the change.

    April 5, 2024

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