China announces 'standardised' names for 6 places in Arunachal

Close on the heels of the standoff with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, China has announced its own names for six places of India's northeastern state Arunachal Pradesh to reaffirm its claim on the area.

India and China have disagreed over parts of their 3,500km border, with India claiming that China occupies 38,000 sq km of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau.

China had used a similar ploy naming islands in South China Sea or pulling out ancient records showing old Chinese names of islands to support its claims over the sea areas, and fight back similar claims from other countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines.

The names were changed to show to India the "sovereignty" of the region, Chinese state media said. China claims over 90,000 sq km of territory that is essentially Arunachal Pradesh, which China likes to call "South Tibet".

The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wogyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bmo La and Namkapub Ri, the report added.

China has reportedly renamed 6 places in Arunachal Pradesh. It's a repayment India has to pay after 14th Dalai Lama's visit to India.

As the Tibetan spiritual leader toured Arunachal Pradesh, China warned India that it will take "necessary measures to defend its territorial sovereignty and interests".

According to China, they consider these places as a part of South Tibet.

Anuwar Hazarika / Reuters Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaking at Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh on 5 April 2017.

"China did not previously have official names for some South Tibet areas, but now China has a better understanding and recognition of the geography in South Tibet, including the names of areas in the region", Xiong Kunxin from Beijing's Minzu University of China told the newspaper. China needs Indian presence to enhance the credibility of the Forum and the One Belt, One Road program as a whole. "Therefore, announcing the names is like a remediation", Guo Kefan, a research fellow at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, said.

"The South Tibet region is located alongside China's southwestern border and India's north-eastern border where Sino-Indian border disputes are cantered", the report said.

"India had abruptly announced that it was officially designating the region as "Arunachal Pradesh" but the Chinese government has neither recognised India's occupation of the region, nor the legitimacy of the province".

Everybody knows that China has always warned India against their growing relations with the famous Spiritual Leader, Dalai Lama.

In a sharp response to Dalai Lama's visit last week, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, too, had made the point.

  • Arturo Norris