India says China ‘inventing’ names in disputed Himalayan region


India hit out at China for giving “concocted” names to a few spots in a contested Himalayan district on their line as Beijing hopes to affirm power over the region.

A few stretches of the extensive boondocks are questioned and relations have soured significantly since 20 Indian fighters kicked the bucket in a fight in June 2020 on one segment among Ladakh and Tibet.

From that point forward, the two sides have supported the locale with great many additional fighters and military equipment as different rounds of talks have neglected to de-heighten pressures.

This week the Ministry of Civil Affairs said it had “normalized” the names of 15 spots in Zangnan (“South Tibet”) — Beijing’s title for the district India calls Arunachal Pradesh — and gave them all conventional Chinese names.

The renaming of neighborhoods, streams and mountains followed a comparative move in 2017 including six different areas in a similar region.

“Arunachal Pradesh has forever been, and will forever be an essential piece of India,” India’s unfamiliar service said on Thursday.

“Appointing concocted names to places in Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t change this reality,” representative Arindam Bagchi said in an assertion.

Unfamiliar service representative Zhao Lijian said “Southern Tibet is in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, and has a generally been Chinese area,” adding the renaming came surprisingly close to inside “the extent of China’s sway”.

Tibet has exchanged throughout the hundreds of years among autonomy and control by China, which says it “calmly freed” the rough level in 1951.

It furiously guards and mobilizes the Tibetan boundary and dismisses any discussion about Chinese authentic responsibility for locale.

India in the mean time sees China’s new Land Borders Law, endorsed in October and set to come into power on January 1, as solidifying of Beijing’s position.

The law refers to China’s sway and regional trustworthiness as “holy and sacred” and empowers Beijing to “go to lengths to shield the regional uprightness and land limits and guard against and battle any demonstration that subverts regional power and land limits”.

India said in October that it anticipated that “China will try not to embrace activity under the appearance of this law which could singularly change the circumstance in the India-China line regions”.

Zahabia is an aspiring journalist pursuing a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Karachi. She tweets @zkmotorwala and can be reached at

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