Chinese envoy tells Indian scribe to ‘shut up’

Last Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 20:54

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan told an Indian journalist to shut up when asked about a map showing Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh as parts of China.

The incident occurred after the reporter of a prominent news magazine questioned the envoy about a Chinese company`s brochure showing Arunachal and Ladakh as parts of China.

The map of India minus some parts of Kashmir and
Arunachal was distributed by a state-owned Chinese company
TBEA at a business function. Apart from Zhang, the event was
attended by visiting Chinese Governor of Xinjiang province and
senior officials from Ministry of External Affairs.

Asked about his reaction over the map, Zhang, who
apparently got miffed over the persistent queries over the
issue, shot back "shut up".

Following which the journo objected saying "if you don`t
want to answer, don`t but you cannot say shut up."

Later, the Chinese envoy tried to clarify to the
agitating scribe and said the issue has already been brought
to his notice by Indian officials and the issue was being
handled.

"This is a technical issue. We handle these issues. Your
Joint Secretary has mentioned and I have said that we will
look into this. I have talked to our people. So what can I do
for you," the Chinese diplomat told the scribe.

Zhang also said "shut up is not something that changes
the nature of these things because we are handling this in a
friendly way."

With PTI inputs

First Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 15:43
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