New Delhi, April 20: India on Thursday slams China over standardizing names of six places of Arunachal Pradesh. In a statement to the media, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbor doesn’t make illegal occupation as legal.
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 that it had standardized in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places in 'South Tibet', which India calls 'Arunachal Pradesh', in accordance with the regulations of the central government, state-run Global Times reported. The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoid ngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Lu Kang said, “I can also tell you that the Chinese government is carrying out the second national census and one of the important tasks is to standardise minority names. In the next step, relevant departments will further increase the research on the study of Tibetan names, and we will be able to publish more standard names,” said Kang.
Meanwhile, Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India has asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 15th time. India has officially sought from Pakistan details of the trial proceedings against Kulbhushan Jadhav as well as the appeal process in the case, he said.
"We don't know anything about Jadhav's location or condition in Pakistan," he said, adding it is a matter of concern for India. Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani security forces on 3rd March last year in the restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. India said that Jadhav was a former Naval officer and was running a business in Iran. It accused Pakistan of kidnapping him from there and that 'his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly.