BEIJING: China on Friday asserted that it was its “lawful right” to standardise official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh.
“China’s position on the eastern section of the India- China boundary is clear and consistent,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a media briefing here while reacting to India’s assertion that Arunachal Pradesh is its integral part.
“Relevant names have been used by ethnic Momba and Tibetan Chinese who have lived here for generations. So it is a fact that cannot be changed. To standardise these names and publicise them is a legitimate measure based on our lawful right,” he said.
Lu also countered India’s charge that China was inventing names to make its territorial claims over the area legal.