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China names areas in region disputed with India to assert claims

Published Apr 19, 2017 09:02pm


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China has issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in a region disputed with India, in what China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday was an assertion of sovereignty.

China was upset when exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, whom it considers a dangerous separatist, visited the contested stretch of land on the India-China border this month.

Arunachal Pradesh is an eastern Himalayan region administered by New Delhi but claimed by China as Southern Tibet.

Last week, China's civil affairs ministry released a list of six places in the region with what China considers to be their formal names, in Chinese, Tibetan and English.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move was appropriate and reflected the names used by Chinese ethnic groups, such as the Tibetans, over a long time.

“These names also reflect, and explain from one aspect, that China's territorial claims on Southern Tibet have an obvious historical, cultural and administrative jurisdiction basis,” Lu told a daily news briefing.

Indian officials have dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to Arunachal Pradesh in eight years, saying he is a spiritual leader who has a devoted following in the region.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India from Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule, says he wants genuine autonomy for his remote homeland rather than independence.

Despite efforts by China and India to improve ties over recent years, deep suspicions persist, especially over their border dispute.


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Comments (26) Closed

saudagar Apr 19, 2017 09:13pm

Sovereign country ! independent decisions ! thats india for communists !

Truth triumph Apr 19, 2017 09:19pm

China ! This will not be tolerated. Let's talk about aksai chin

Harmony-1© Apr 19, 2017 09:20pm

Six disputed regions with China and one with Pakistan. About time Modi realises the gravity of the situations and untold atrocities being committed by Indian forces.

Gotham Apr 19, 2017 10:19pm

@Harmony-1© China has a territorial dispute with everyone. There is nothing new in that.

Roshan Apr 19, 2017 10:21pm

China is now naming places in Arunchal which makes it clear it never had any control over the region in the past. Even Tibet is disputed.

Zakir hussain Apr 19, 2017 10:38pm

@Harmony-1© we know all about our gravity..You remain concern with yours.. Thanks

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 19, 2017 10:50pm

Long live Sino-Indo-Pak Historical ties! I only wish if we all can focus on our common ties than the issues will be automatically resolved between padosees:)

Pakistan Apr 19, 2017 10:56pm

Go ahead china. Pakistan is with you.

Namo Apr 19, 2017 11:07pm

@Harmony-1© Modi knows that China's hegemony will never work so let's not worry about that .I suggest you worry more about the deteriorating situation in your own land of the "pure".

Naxalite Apr 19, 2017 11:21pm

Nobody can stop China!

Naxalite Apr 19, 2017 11:23pm

So India have to deal with China and Pakistan for disputed regions, I don't think India can manage, should let them go

¢$€£₹ Apr 19, 2017 11:28pm

@Harmony-1© You're wrong about Arunachal. Read about the state of Arunachal Pradesh before making assumptions. Nobody there wants to be a part of China. I cannot say the same for Kashmir though. You've made a partial invalid point! I've been to the north-eastern states and can easily stand for what I have written.

Lohpurush Apr 20, 2017 12:36am

China is having border issues with most of the neighbors. Be it Japan , Philippines, Vietnam , India. China has good relationship only with N.Korea. Wonder where Pakistan would like to position herself , friend or Foe with China ?

sajjad choudhry Apr 20, 2017 01:01am

@Truth triumph comedian, come out from Bollywood...............the reality is different

Truth Apr 20, 2017 02:45am

@Harmony-1© China occupied Tibet and Pakistan occupied Balochistan and Kashmir. Learn history. The disputes are caused because of the occupiers. Get it!

TAmilselvan Apr 20, 2017 03:54am

Both are mature nations and will behave like mature neighbors.

Brar Apr 20, 2017 06:37am

@Harmony-1© thank you for your advice ?

Vrpatil Apr 20, 2017 08:24am

@Harmony-1© When ones conscience itself is suffering with blindness & deafnes,naturally he overlooks the facts of history.

Sonu Apr 20, 2017 08:35am

Calling some parts of the world in their local language is countries personal wish. India also called many parts of world in their local language with a different names. By calling some area with different name will not make it a part of own. Let Chinese be happy by renaming. India dont care because this is non important issue for them.

Saif zulfiqar Apr 20, 2017 10:50am

@Namo, Good for health these self assurances.

Sun Tzu Apr 20, 2017 10:53am

Confucious said when you have too much land already, do not look at your neighbours land!

Hamed Quraishi Apr 20, 2017 11:01am

@Truth Hyderabad Decan,other princely States, Goa

conspiracy_theory Apr 20, 2017 11:16am

@Harmony - China has dispute with almost all the countries. The entire world knows its reputation in land grabbing. Meanwhile try to find the big list of missing persons in your own country before trying to accuse the neighbor.

VECTRA Apr 20, 2017 11:25am

Nothing new.Even GOI has not even officially reacted to it despite the news are available from yesterday.This shows GOI is not giving any importance to such an unwarranted move which will anyway cannot change the situation in ground. They are already showing Arunanchal as South Tibet for long,so this will hardly matter if they shows its cities in different name as well.

Vrpatil Apr 20, 2017 11:56am

@Naxalite Once Indian govt stops relaxation given to your community on humanitarian grounds,then you will realize.

pakistani Apr 22, 2017 05:18pm

We support China in this.