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China makes move against India, announces 'standardised' official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh
In a show of retaliation against India, China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh.

This comes days after China had registered strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

Chinese media reports said that the move was aimed at reaffirming China's claim over AP. China has been claiming the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as its own part and calls it 'South Tibet'.

"China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 that it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in 'South Tibet', which India calls 'Arunachal Pradesh', in accordance with the regulations of the central government," state-run Global Times reported today.

As per the report, the official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Qoid ngarbo Ri, Mila Ri, B mo La, Mainquka and Namkapub Ri.

The Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh was seventh since he had fled Tibet. China had already warned India that the Dalai Lama's visit will prompt China to take "necessary measures" to defend its territorial sovereignty and interests.

By naming the places, China is reaffirming its territorial sovereignty to South Tibet.

"These names have existed since ancient times, but had never been standardised before. Therefore, announcing the names is like a remediation," said Guo Kefan, a research fellow at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, to PTI.

Reports in Chinese media said, "The South Tibet region is located alongside China's southwestern border and India's north-eastern border where Sino-Indian border disputes are cantered. India had abruptly announced that it was officially designating the region as 'Arunachal Pradesh' but the Chinese government has neither recognised India's occupation of the region, nor the legitimacy of the province."

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who had accompanied Dalai Lama on his visit to Arunachal Pradesh had asserted that AP is "an inseparable part of India".

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