China renames 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh, claims Indian territory

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New Delhi: China has once again made some controversial moves and statements about the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The country has renamed around 30 places in the state, giving them Chinese names, according to reports. They claim that these places belong to China.

China’s ministry releases names and geo location for Arunachal territories

One must note that it was China’s Civil Affairs Ministry which released the names for the territories in Arunachal Pradesh and also their geo locations. The 30 places that have been renamed by China, include 11 residential areas, 12 mountains, 4 rivers, 1 lake, 1 pass and a vacant land. In fact China has always called Arunachal Pradesh a part of its territory, even renaming it as Zangnan.

The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state last month and dedicated projects worth crores to people here. The PM visited Arunachal on March 9 and addressed the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Northeast’ programme here in Itanagar. The PM had inaugurated and dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone for multiple development projects worth about Rs 55,600 crores in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

According to China, the state is a part of the Tibetan autonomous region. India on the other hand has continuously rebuffed all such claims, calling it false. Recently the Ministry of External Affairs had called China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh “baseless.” Spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India, a fact that is immutable despite China’s persistent assertions.

At a press conference Jaiswal had said, “Our position has been made very clear time and again. China may repeat its baseless claims as many times as they want. That is not going to change the position of India. Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always remain an integral and inalienable part of India.”

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