India objects as China renames places near disputed border

New Delhi has reiterated its stance on Arunachal Pradesh after Beijing issues new set of “renamed” locations in the disputed area Read Full Article at


India on Tuesday reacted sharply to China’s ‘renaming’ of locations in Arunachal Pradesh, a remote region claimed by both countries and located along the 3,488-kilometer Line of Actual Control that separates the two neighbors. China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs on Saturday released 30 new names in the disputed border region, which it calls Zangnan and considers a part of Tibet Autonomous Region, Chinese outlet Global Times reported. The renaming covered 11 residential areas, 12 mountains, four rivers, a lake, a mountain pass and a piece of land, with 30 new names in all given in Tibetan and pinyin, the Roman alphabet version of Mandarin Chinese.

Beijing previously released the first list of “standardised names” of six places in the disputed territory in 2017, a second list of 15 places in 2021, followed last year by another list, this one renaming 11 places. “China has persisted with its senseless attempts to rename places in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. We firmly reject such attempts,” India’s foreign ministry’s spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.

On Monday Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar termed China’s renaming of the locations “senseless.” He said New Delhi firmly rejected such attempts and sees Arunachal Pradesh as an “integral and inalienable part of India.” India’s reaction this time was similar to its stance last year when Beijing released a new ‘standard map’ that showed Zangnan and the Aksai C.