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India, China spar over place names in remote border region

Spat comes amid fraught relations between New Delhi and Beijing

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the latest flash points between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's India and President Xi Jinping's China. (Source photos by AFP/Jiji and Reuters)

NEW DELHI -- Tensions are mounting over a remote stretch of the Himalayas in northeastern India that China claims as its own, with New Delhi strongly condemning a move by Beijing to introduce its own standardized names for 15 places in the area.

Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for India's Ministry of External Affairs, said on Dec. 30 that the state of Arunachal Pradesh has "always been" and will "always be" an integral part of the country, and that assigning "invented" names to places in the territory will not change that.

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