China Renames Six Areas in Arunachal

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China has renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh. The six places in South Tibet — the name ascribed by China to Arunachal Pradesh — were named Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri.

India has categorically given a stern message to China that renaming towns of Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t make illegally held territory legal.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said “every inch” of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India and China has “no business” to name any Indian place.

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.