China on Friday defended the renaming of 15 extra locations in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, claiming that the southern a part of Tibet has been “China’s territory because the historic occasions”.

India on Thursday strongly rejected China renaming 15 locations in Arunachal Pradesh and asserted that the state has “at all times been” and can “at all times be” an integral a part of India and that assigning “invented” names doesn’t alter this reality.

India’s response got here in response to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs asserting Chinese language names for 15 extra locations in Arunachal Pradesh which Beijing claims as South Tibet.

“We’ve got seen such. This isn’t the primary time China has tried such a renaming of locations within the state of Arunachal Pradesh. China had additionally sought to assign such names in April 2017,” Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned in New Delhi.

“Arunachal Pradesh has at all times been, and can at all times be an integral a part of India. Assigning invented names to locations in Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t alter this reality,” Bagchi mentioned.

Requested for his response to India’s assertion, Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian instructed a media briefing right here that “Zangnan (the southern a part of China’s Tibet) is situated within the Tibet Autonomous Area of China.

“It has been China’s territory because the historic occasions,” he mentioned in up to date feedback posted on the Chinese language Overseas Ministry web site.

China refers Arunachal Pradesh as Zangnan.

Earlier, Zhao mentioned “the southern a part of Tibet belongs to the Tibetan Autonomous Area of China and it has been China’s inherent territories”.

“China’s ethnic minorities such because the Moinba and Tibetan ethnic teams have lived and labored on this space for a very long time, and lots of place names have been handed down,” he mentioned.

“With a view to strengthen the standardised administration of place names, the competent division of the Chinese language authorities, in accordance with the regulation on the administration of geographical names, has introduced the second batch of standardised names of locations in Zangnan to be used by the general public, which fully falls inside China’s sovereignty,” Zhao mentioned within the up to date feedback.

That is the second batch of standardised Chinese language names of locations in Arunachal Pradesh launched by China.

The primary batch of the standardised names of six locations was launched in 2017.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet which is firmly rejected by the Exterior Affairs Ministry which has asserted that the state is an “inseparable a part of India”.

Beijing routinely protests visits of prime Indian leaders and officers to Arunachal Pradesh to reaffirm its declare.

The India-China border dispute covers the three,488 km lengthy Line of Precise Management (LAC).

China’s renaming of the locations in Arunachal Pradesh got here within the midst of the lingering japanese Ladakh border standoff that started in Might final 12 months.

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