‘Changing names does not have an effect…’: Jaishankar on China’s renaming of 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh

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Surat: Hours after Beijing renamed 30 places of Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims to be part of China, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar hit back, saying that the development won’t have any effect and the state will always remain a part of India.

“If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine? Arunachal Pradesh was, is, and will always be a state of India. Changing names does not have an effect…Our army is deployed there (Line of Actual Control),” the minister was quoted as saying by the ANI, at an event in Surat on Monday.

China announced fourth list of 30 new ‘imaginary’ names

Earlier in the day, China announced the fourth list of 30 new names of various places in Arunachal Pradesh. This even as India continuously rejected China’s renaming of places in the state, asserting that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country It also said that names “invented” by China do not change the reality. The changed names were uploaded on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs.

#WATCH | Surat, Gujarat: On China’s claim regarding Arunachal Pradesh, EAM Dr S Jaishankar says, “If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine? Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always be a state of India. Changing names does not have an effect…Our army is… pic.twitter.com/EaN66BfNFj

— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2024

Notably, China released the first list of six places in 2017. It went on to release the second list of 15 places in 2021, followed by a third list of 11 places in 2023.

Recently, China again claimed the state of Arunachal Pradesh following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state last month. During his visit, the Prime Minister dedicated Sela Tunnel to the nation, which was built at an altitude of 13,000 feet in the state.

Beijing had issued several statements claiming Arunachal Pradesh as part of its country. At the time too, Jaishankar had dismissed China’s repeated claims as “ludicrous”. He had also said that Arunachal Pradesh was a “natural part of India”.

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