China stokes flames of border dispute with India

By The IST Newsdesk

Sydney 19 April, 2017-

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has announced on 14 April, 2017 six standardised names for places in Arunachal Pradesh that it calls as ‘South Tibet’ to stoke the flames of the border dispute with India. The move comes in the wake of visit to Arunachal Pradesh by the Dalai Lama.

The six names that it had standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabets are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of actual control (LoAC).  While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts the dispute revolves around Aksai Chin area that was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

According to the Chinese official daily Global Times, the Chinese experts said the move was to reaffirm country’s territorial sovereignty to the disputed region. They said “these names have existed since ancient times, but never been standardised before. Therefore announcing the names  is like remediation.”

Arunachal Pradesh, formerly called North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA) is the largest of the north eastern states. According to PTI, China had not recognised the state as part of India and the Simla accord of the 1914 nor it does the MacMaon Line. On July 3, 1914, the then-Yuan Shikai administration instructed Chinese representative Chen Yifan not to sign the accord and declared, “The Chinese government will acknowledge none of the accord or similar documents signed by the UK and Tibet on this or any other day.” Because Chen refused to sign the accord, the Simla Conference broke up. The “McMahon Line” was not legally binding. Both the Simla Accord and the line have never been accepted by the Chinese government, the daily said. According to the Daily, China had occupied the region during the 1962 war but India reoccupied a year later and in 1972 renamed NEFA as Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh.

While India has yet to respond to this Chinese claim, China unabashedly continues to lodge its ‘protest’ of Dalai visit. China had warned the visit would have negative impact on the India-China talks. Like in South China Sea, China has not given up its bullying attitude. Simply by naming or renaming the area will not become China’s. Arunachal belongs to India and shall remain so

China should not forget by that yardstick, Mt. Kailash and Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, historically belongs to India. India should seize control of it then. Will China hand over these areas then to India?

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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The
Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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