Naming places in Arunachal Pradesh doesn't make China's claims legal: India

India on Thursday hit out at China for giving Chinese names to some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal.

PTI April 20, 2017 21:27:13 IST
Naming places in Arunachal Pradesh doesn't make China's claims legal: India

New Delhi: India on Thursday hit out at China for giving Chinese names to some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal.

Naming places in Arunachal Pradesh doesnt make Chinas claims legal India

Gopal Baglay. Twitter/@MEAIndia

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. "Assigning invented names to towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. Arunachal Pradesh is and will always be an integral part of India," Baglay told reporters.

When asked if India has taken up the matter with China, he said the Chinese government has not communicated anything officially so far and the ministry has seen only reports on the development.

China had announced that it has "standardised" official names for six places in the northeastern state and termed the provocative move as a "legitimate action". The Chinese move came days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state.

Asked if India was attending the 'One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Infrastructure Plan' Summit to be hosted by China next month, Baglay only said the invitation has been received and was under "consideration".

India's position on the OBOR issue is that though it is in favour of connectivity, the China-Pakistan economic corridor, which passes through Indian territory, forms a part of the plan which is not acceptable to it.

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