Breaking: Angry at Dalai visit, China renames 6 places in Arunachal

New Delhi: Furious over Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, China has retaliated by renaming six places in the state in Chinese. Beijing claims Arunachal Pradesh to be part of south Tibet with close Buddhist links with the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in the Mainland. Chinese official maps show the north eastern Indian state as part of South Tibet.

The names were changed to show to India the “sovereignty” of the region, Chinese state media said.

“China has standardised the names of 6 places in south Tibet, a region that is part of China’s territory but in which some areas are currently controlled by India,” a state media report said.

“The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri,” the report added.

China implemented the changes on April 13, a day after the Dalai Lama left Arunachal. This could be an indication of China’s hardening of stance and claims on Arunchal Pradesh especially Tawang.