China has said it has 'lawful right' to name provinces in Arunachal Pradesh. Photograph: (Reuters)
India had said 'renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal'
China today dismissed India's response over Arunachal Pradesh after the Indian government had declared "renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal".
China hit back saying it had "lawful right to change names of six places" in Arunachal Pradesh.
India had lashed out at its neighbour yesterday saying inventing names of states of a neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal after China went ahead and renamed "six places" in Arunachal Pradesh.
China had on Wednesday announced that it had "standardised" official names for six places in the north-eastern state and termed the provocative move as a "legitimate action".
China has been irked with India's move to allow Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh leading to verbal duel between the two countries.