China has officially announced that six places in Arunachal Pradesh will have new Chinese names. According to China, they consider these places as a part of South Tibet. It’s a repayment India has to pay after 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to India. Everybody knows that China has always warned India against their growing relations with the famous Spiritual Leader, Dalai Lama. And India, every time fearlessly chooses to go against them. Definitely, a payback was what they had to face.
The names were changed to show to India the “sovereignty” of the region, which on several occasions warned India of consequences for allowing the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit the “disputed area”. “China has standardized the names of six places in South Tibet, a region that is part of China’s territory but in which some areas are currently controlled by India,”, said China. Official Chinese maps already show these states as part of South Tibet. The new official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are “Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri,”
These changes were implemented on April 13th just after the ending of Dalai Lama’s nine-day tour to Arunachal Pradesh. These changes can also be seen as a strong stand for claiming these places as their own. The ministry of civil affairs announced on April 13 on its website it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in “South Tibet”, “which India calls ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ ”, according to the regulations of the state council on place names, the Global Times, the nationalistic tabloid, said in a report.
I said the Dalai Lama is visiting the disputed eastern section of the China-India boundary. It is not an Indian territory, said foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. This Dalai Lama visit has definitely made China angry. This is the first step and there can be further consequences too. Let’s hope Indo-China relations do not get worse in the coming time.