India criticizes China for ‘creating’ landmarks in disputed areas

Indian officials have criticized China’s Interior Ministry for “inventing” new names for 15 sites in the disputed Himalayan border region.

“The Arunachal Pradesh region has been and will always be a part of Indian territory. Assigning self-composed names to places in Arunachal Pradesh cannot change this fact,” said Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi. know in the statement dated December 30.

The statement was made by India after China’s Ministry of Internal Affairs announced this week that it had “standardized” the names in Chinese for 15 landmarks in the “Southern Tibet” (Southern Tibet) region, about a distance from the Chinese government. It calls the disputed area that India names Arunachal Pradesh.

Indian and Chinese soldiers face off at the disputed border in June 2020.  Photo: AFP.

Indian and Chinese soldiers face off at the disputed border in June 2020. Photo: AFP.

Newly named sites by China include settlements, rivers, and mountains. This is not the first time China has named places in Arunachal Pradesh. A similar move took place in 2017, when China gave six Chinese names to six places and sparked a fierce diplomatic response from India.

Commenting on the announcement of the new naming of 15 Himalayan sites, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian declared that the southern Tibetan territory “belongs to the Tibet Autonomous Region and is the historic territory of China”. China”. He stressed that the decision to rename “under the sovereignty of China”.

China claimed control of Tibet in 1951 and claims much of the area bordering India. Meanwhile, India rejects any Chinese claims to the area south of the Tibetan Plateau. India’s foreign ministry has repeatedly asserted that the Arunachal Pradesh region is “an integral part” of the country.

Location of Arunachal Pradesh (known in China as Nanjing).  Graphics: Flickr/Andy Proehl.

Location of Arunachal Pradesh (known in China as Nanjing). Graphics: Flickr/Andy Proehl.

The India-China border dispute has escalated dangerously in recent years, culminating in a scuffle between soldiers of the two countries in June 2020 in a valley between Ladakh and Tibet, leaving at least 20 soldiers. Indian and 5 Chinese soldiers were killed.

Border tensions between India and China have escalated again after efforts to negotiate a military de-escalation at the end of 2020 and early 2021. China in October passed the Law on Land Border, which is expected to take effect from tomorrow. , allowing its forces to use all measures to protect its territorial integrity and land borders.

The Indian government then expressed its hope that China would not use this law to take unilateral actions to change the status quo in the border area between the two countries.

Trung Nhan (Follow AFP, India Times)

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