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Chinese envoy snubs Indian journalist

New Delhi: Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yang Thursday snubbed an Indian journalist, asking him to “shut up” when he asked about the map of a Chinese company showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of the Chinese territory.

The brochure of a Chinese company, carrying the controversial map of India minus parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh (marked red), was distributed in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo TBEA, a Chinese power company, inked a memorandum of understanding for investing around $400 million in manufacturing transformers in Gujarat.

However, it was noticed that the brochure of the company showed a map of India on its front page that depicted Arunachal Pradesh as part of Chinese territory, evoking consternation among journalists.

When an Indian journalist asked the Chinese ambassador for his reaction, the envoy first said it’s “a technical issue.” However, when he kept on pressing him, he lost his cool and said “shut up,” triggering much outrage among media there.

TBEL is part of the business delegation that Nur Bekri, governor of Xinjiang Ugyur Autonomous Region, has brought to India to explore two-way investment opportunities.
China claims India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory. The issue is part of boundary talks between India and China.

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