News Nation Bureau , Edited By: Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 06 Apr 2023, 10:48:57 AM
China has released a list of new names claiming parts of Arunachal Pradesh. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- Before the ‘Cope India’ war exercise, the Modi government termed this tactic of China as ‘just a mischief’
- China claims that these areas of Arunachal Pradesh are actually part of Zangnan, the southern part of Tibet
- America also opposed this move of China. The statement was issued by the press secretary of the White House.
Making the latest claim on Arunachal Pradesh, an inseparable part of India, China has released a new list of geographical names for 11 places in this border state. The interesting aspect related to this list is that all the new names are from isolated inaccessible forest areas, unknown mountain peaks, non-existent rivers and urban areas. China’s third such list of area nomenclature actually refers to some areas of Arunachal Pradesh superficially as part of Kona, Xuyu and Medog counties in Tibet’s Nyingchi province. For example, the coordinates of two rivers named by China as ‘Kiburi He’ and ‘Geduo He’ were not provided. Although China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs claimed that these are specific places. Similarly, a piece of land in a wooded hilly area beyond Zemithang in Tawang district, the last village in India, has been called ‘Bangqin’, which is said to be close to the McMahon Line dividing the Indo-China border.
Modi government rejected the list by terming it as mere mischief
Official sources of the Modi government have dismissed this Chinese tactic as a ‘mere mischief’ ahead of the Indo-US Air Force’s ‘Cope India’ war exercise at Bengal’s Kalaikunda airbase from April 10 to 21. China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs released a list of names based on the original names and pronunciation of words in the Latin alphabet on 2 April, using the Tibetan and Chinese Pinyin languages. The list, the third of its kind by the Beijing administration, included categories, administrative districts and selected coordinates, in addition to the names of publicly used places in southern Tibet. There is a township named ‘Jiangkazong’ in this list of China, whose coordinates lead to a house in Tawang city, west of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya there.
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China describes these areas of Arunachal Pradesh as part of the southern part of Tibet
The coordinates of another so-called settlement ‘Dadong’ point to a large open space in Tato town of Arunachal’s West Siang district on Google Maps. Another piece of land named as ‘Gyutong’ by the Chinese originates in a forest near the west bank of the Lohit River, north of Kibithu in Anjaw district in eastern Arunachal. The coordinates given for ‘Luosu Ri’, ‘Dipu Ri’, ‘Dongzila Feng’, ‘Nimgang Feng’ and ‘Jianyuzhe Gangri’ represent mountain peaks spread over different locations in the northeastern state. India has rejected China’s claims on parts of Arunachal Pradesh. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has maintained its claim of sovereign rights over the 11 places named in the latest list. He claims that these areas are actually part of Zangnan, the southern part of Tibet. On this issue, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the US opposes the claim of territory by unilaterally renaming any places.
First Published : 06 Apr 2023, 10:47:13 AM
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