20/04/2017 6:52 PM IST | Updated 20/04/2017 6:52 PM IST

India Objects To China 'Renaming' Six Places In Arunachal Pradesh

"Inventing names of states of your neighbour does not make an illegal occupation legal."

NEW DELHI -- Taking offence to China renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh, India on Thursday said that inventing names of states of a neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal.

Reacting to the issue, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson from the Ministry of External Affairs, said that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.

"Renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour do not make illegal occupation as legal," he said.

China on Wednesday had announced that it has "standardised" official names for six places in the Northeastern state and termed the provocative move as a "legitimate action".

The Chinese move came days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state.


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