Responding to the Dalai Lama’s recent Tawang visit, the Chinese government has released “standardised“ Chinese names of six towns in Arunachal Pradesh. Rewriting Tibetan names like Bum La into Mandarin, China aims to hit out at Tibetans and at the same time challenge India’s claim over Arunachal, which it regards as `South Tibet’.
The Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday that some more standardised names of Arunachal towns will soon be made public.
Though Beijing tried to pass off the “renaming“ as a routine exercise, Xiong Kunxin, professor of ethnic studies at Minzu University of China in Beijing, contradicted the foreign ministry by saying that the renaming exercise was aimed to “reaffirm Chinese sovereignty“ over the area. Indian experts said despite China’s latest move, India’s control over the northeastern state was indisputable. Read More…