China envoy Zhang Yan in India map outburst

Mr Zhang (L) was at a business function for a Chinese investment project

China’s ambassador to India has become involved in a heated exchange over a map that showed parts of India within China’s border, media reports say.

Zhang Yan was at a business function in Delhi as a Chinese firm inked a deal investing in India’s Gujarat state.

A map drawn up by the firm showed the state of Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh in China and a disputed part of Kashmir as Pakistani territory.

Mr Zhang told an Indian journalist to “shut up” after persistent questioning.

When asked about his outburst, Mr Zhang said that “‘shut up’ is not something that changes the nature of these things because we are handling this in a friendly way”.

Gautam Bambawale, a joint secretary at India’s external affairs ministry, conveyed his objections to the map and said he was told it was a mistake that would be rectified.

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