History justifies China’s claim to South Tibet: FM

By Shan Jie Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/19 23:18:40

China said on Wednesday that the announcement of the newly-standardized names of places in South Tibet is a legitimate initiative, and more standardized names could be expected.

Announcing the six places' names is legitimate based on the national place name management regulation and the State Council's related regulations on place names, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily press briefing.

Lu said that these names were verbally passed on by ethnic people living in China, including the Moinba and Tibetan people, which shows that China's territorial claims on the South Tibet region has an historic and administrative basis.

Lu said that the announcement is part of the national survey on place names, and more standardized place names would be announced at the proper time.

China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 on its website 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 State Council regulations.

The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri.

"Some of the six places' names are very famous and have existed for hundreds of years," Tanor, an expert on Tibetan studies at the Institute of Modern History of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

For instance, Wo'gyainling is the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama (Tsangyang Gyatso,) so it is considered a sacred location that appears in Tibeten literature, including the biographies of eminent lamas, Tanor said.

Wo'gyainling belongs to the Tawang district, where the Tawang Monastery is located, the second largest monastery constructed under orders from the 5th Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso in 1681.

Tanor said Bümo La is a mountain pass and Mila Ri is an important line of communication.

The South Tibet region is located along China's southwestern border and India's northeastern border, the site of Sino-Indian border disputes.

These six places are located in the northern part of South Tibet, far from the mutually agreed Line of Actual Control in the China-India border area, Tanor said.

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