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No country has the right to rename Indian cities: Government

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Source: deccanchronicle

No foreign country has the right to rename Indian cities, Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu, responding to the Chinese action of one-sidedly changing the names of six places in Arunachal Pradesh.

Recently, China renamed the places in Arunachal Pradesh in an apparent retaliation against the Dalai Lama’s visit to India’s easternmost state.

“Every inch of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India … let them rename. How does it matter? It’s like you renaming your neighbour. It does not change his name,” Naidu said in a avenging response to China’s symbolic snub.

His strong remark suggest India’s tough stand against the provocative Chinese action. It might affect bilateral relations between the two Asian countries. India shares over $66 billion in annual trade with China. However, they have a long-running border dispute.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is an essential part of India. “Renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour do not make illegal occupation as legal,” he said.

Answering the question that if India has taken up the issue with China, he said the Chinese government has not communicated anything formally so far. China announced that it has standardised official names for six places in the northeastern state on Tuesday.