चीन ने अरुणाचल में जगहों के नाम बदले, भारत ने कहा 'नाम बदलने से कोई असर नहीं होगा'

चीन ने अरुणाचल में जगहों के नाम बदले, भारत ने कहा 'नाम बदलने से कोई असर नहीं होगा'

China renames places in Arunachal, India says ‘changing name won’t have effect’

China releases list of 'standardised' geographical names in Arunachal Pradesh, India rejects claims, reaffirms state's integral status.

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China renames places in Arunachal, India says ‘changing name won’t have effect’

The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs, responsible for naming administrative divisions, has recently released a list of 'standardized' geographical names in Arunachal Pradesh, a region China recognizes as 'Zangnan'. This move is seen as another attempt by China to assert its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, which it considers part of its territory. The list includes 30 new names for various places along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in India's northeastern state.

India has firmly rejected China's claims, stating that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will remain so. This is not the first time China has attempted to rename places within Indian territory. In 2017, China released a list of names for six locations in Arunachal Pradesh, followed by another list in 2021 for 15 places, and a third list in 2023 for 11 additional places.

Reacting to the latest attempt, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar emphasized that changing names does not change the ownership of the territory. He reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is, and will always be, a state of India. The Indian government has consistently maintained that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and has rejected China's claims over the region.

China's recent action comes after a diplomatic protest with India over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, during which he inaugurated the Sela Tunnel. The tunnel is aimed at improving connectivity to strategically important areas like Tawang and facilitating troop movement along the frontier region.

The United States' recognition of Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory has also drawn criticism from China. The Chinese Foreign and Defence ministries have stated that the boundary issue between China and India is bilateral and does not involve Washington. 

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