New Delhi: In the wake of a spat between the
Chinese envoy to India and a journalist, BJP on Friday said the
government should take cognisance of such "brazen acts of
undiplomatic behaviour" and warn the ambassador officially not
to indulge in unfriendly acts in future.
BJP insisted that such behaviour was totally unacceptable
and insulting to Indian democracy and demanded an "unqualified
apology" from the ambassador to the people.
"It would be living in a self-deception if the increasing
level of Chinese arrogance is not taken note of and
appropriately responded to.... The Chinese should not be
allowed to walk away with such brazen acts of undiplomatic
behaviour," BJP spokesperson and MP Tarun Vijay said.
The Chinese ambassador to India Zhang Yan had asked an
Indian journalist to "shut up" when the latter sought to know
how a map of India distributed by a state-owned company was
showing Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Jammu and Kashmir as
part of China.
"We hope this government will take note of the
ambassador`s foul mouthing yesterday and warn him officially
not to indulge in such unfriendly acts in future," Vijay said.
BJP charged that this use of "undiplomatic and
undemocratic language" shows Chinese arrogance and
"Obviously the Chinese ambassador forgot that he is
posted in a vibrant democracy where Tianenmen episodes are not
allowed and media is free and not a state-run apparatus taking
orders from party bosses who can `shut up` a journalist,"