China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has standardized the names of 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh in accordance with the geographical names issued by the State Council.
China has been claiming Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory and calls it south Tibet.
China claims several areas of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory and calls the area “Zangnan” in the Chinese language.
Maps of China frequently show Arunachal Pradesh as part of China. There are frequent references to ‘South Tibet”.
China has renamed eight residential areas, four mountains, two rivers, and a mountain pass all present in Arunachal Pradesh.
Chinese government had previously assigned Chinese names for six places in the state on April 14, 2017.
These names written in Roman alphabet were “Wo’gyainling”, “Mila Ri”, “Qoidengarbo Ri”, “Mainquka”, “Bumo La” and “Namkapub Ri”.
These areas correspond to Tawang, Kra Daadi, West Siang, Siang, Anjaw, and Subansiri respectively in Arunachal Pradesh.
Reasons for China’s move
China does not accept the legal status of the McMahon Line, which was agreed between Great Britain, China, and Tibet in 1914.
Chinese representative did not consent to the Shimla Convention and the present government came to power only in 1949.
China routinely makes such statements whenever Indian dignitaries visit Arunachal Pradesh. Recently, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had visited the state.
China also wants to keep making reference to Arunachal Pradesh so that it can claim its right over the territory.
India’s external affairs ministry has said that Arunachal Pradesh will always be an integral part of India and assigning new names will not change the fact.