Guwahati: China renamed 15 locations in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, including residential region, mountains, rivers and a mountain pass, which it claims as its own territory known as ‘South Tibet.’
According to the sources, official names eight areas of the 15 places with exact longitude and latitude, four are mountains, two are rivers and one is a mountain pass.
The action comes only two days before Beijing’s new border law, titled the ‘Land Border Law of the People’s Republic of China,’ takes effect on January 1, 2022.
According to sources, the law which aims to improve border security, affects countries that share a land border with China and might have ramifications for India’s ongoing tensions with it along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
India strongly opposed China’s renaming of locations of Arunachal Pradesh, asserting that the state has “always been” and “would always be” an integral part of India and that awarding “invented” names does not change that fact.
This is not the first time China has attempted to rename areas in the Arunachal Pradesh state. In April 2017, China attempted to assign similar names as well, according to official.
Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will continue to be a vital part of India. This truth is unaffected by giving sites in Arunachal Pradesh made-up names, official added.