|Published : 20 Apr 2017, 19:03:44|
Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal reignites trouble for India-China bilateral ties
China has romanised spellings for three towns and three mountain passes in its latest move to stake its claim over an area that came under formal Indian control in a series of 19th-century boundary agreements between the Manchu Qing empire and the British government in India, according to a global media report.
China would “standardise” six place names in the territory, reflecting a renewed war of words over the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a Tibetan Himalayan region, the report added.
Beijing’s current claims, as the report said, over Arunachal Pradesh — which it calls South Tibet — rest on its control over the rest of Tibet, the vast mountain territory it seized in 1950.
Beijing’s decision to release new names follows a dispute over a recent visit to a Buddhist monastery in Arunachal this month by the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who lives in exile in India, said the report.
India reiterated on Thursday that Arunachal Pradesh was its integral part.