China has renamed parts of disputed Himalayan region: India

India has accused China of renaming several places near its border in the disputed Himalayan region, according to Baaghi TV reports.

The Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will remain a part of India. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that renaming various places in Arunachal Pradesh would not change its reality.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “South Tibet is in China’s Autonomous Region and has historically been within China’s borders” and “the decision to rename is in line with China’s sovereignty”.

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The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs said it had standardized the names of 15 locations in Zhengnan (southern Tibet), in Chinese. The region which India calls Arunachal Pradesh is called Zengnan by China.

It is pertinent to note that although the India-China border dispute is very old it has become more complex since the 1962 war. India and China share a common border of 3,488 km. The shared border is divided into three parts. Western Sector i.e. Jammu and Kashmir, Middle Sector i.e. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and Eastern Sector i.e. Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

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However, the border between India and China has not been fully demarcated and the territory occupied by the country is called LAC (Line of Actual Control). However, the two countries have been claiming each other’s territory, which has been a source of tension.

India claims Aksai Chin in the western sector, but the region is now under Chinese control. China occupied the entire area during the 1962 war. On the other hand, China claims Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector. China says it is a part of southern Tibet. China also does not accept the McMahon line between Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh.

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Tensions that escalated in the Ladakh and Tibet regions between India and China in June 2020 have led to a dramatic breakdown in border disputes and relations. The two countries have deployed thousands of additional troops and military installations along the border. However, negotiations to reduce tensions have failed. Tibet has for centuries been sometimes independent and sometimes under Chinese rule. However, Tibet now claims to have achieved peaceful independence in 1951. Tibet has deployed troops along its borders and has vehemently denied China’s claim to the territory.

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