Are you Chinese? Xi Jingping's wife asks Northeast students

China's First Lady Peng Liyuan on Thursday mistook a group of students from the northeast as Chinese only to be told by them that they were Indians.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 03:27 AM IST
Are you Chinese? Xi Jingping's wife asks Northeast students

New Delhi: China's First Lady Peng Liyuan on Thursday mistook a group of students from the northeast as Chinese only to be told by them that they were Indians.

As Peng entered the Tagore International School, she was greeted by students wearing Indian traditional costumes.

She noticed a group of students, including few from the northeast who greeted her "Ni Hao" (How are you?).

Mistaking the northeast students as Chinese, she stopped and asked one of them, "Ni sh? zhonggu? r?n" (Are you Chinese?).

"Bu. Woh shi Indu ren. (No, I am an Indian)," Albert Ginsangmuam K (12), a class VII student, responded confidently.

Hailing from Manipur, Albert, wearing a kurta, said he was nervous about the first interaction with Peng and he had not expected her to speak to him.

"I know a bit of Chinese, but I was a bit nervous. What if I made a mistake? What would have the school said?"

Albert, along with many of his classmates, has taken up Chinese language course.