India objects to China renaming places in Arunachal, AAPSU amused

New Delhi, Apr 20: Taking offence to China renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh, India today said inventing names of states of a neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal.
Reacting to the issue, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Gopal Baglay said Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.
He said “renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour do not make illegal occupation as legal”.
China yesterday 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.
Meanwhile, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) termed move of the Chinese Government to rename six places in Arunachal in the backdrop of Dalai Lama’s recent visit to the state as intriguing and unnecessarily interfering into the internal affair of a sovereign nation.
“The development is uncalled for and an unwarranted act on part of the Chinese Government. It is a deliberate plan to create confusion and commotion for their long-term sinister design in the international community. We reject such renaming without certification from the indigenous populace of Arunachal Pradesh,” said AAPSU President, Hawa Bagang.
“History is the living witness that Arunachal was never part of China at any given point of time and such parochial approach and idea won’t have any takers in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, who are one of the most patriotic people in the country”, added the AAPSU President.

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