Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman teach the meaning of 'namaste' to Chinese forces

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman teach the meaning of 'namaste' to Chinese forces

In mid-June, Indian soldiers had crossed the Sikkim border to stop the construction of a Chinese road near the "Chicken's Neck" - a thin strip that links India to its northeastern states.

The video, tweeted by the Defence Minister's official Twitter handle this morning, shows Ms Sitharaman chatting with Chinese soldiers at the border at Nathu-La in Sikkim.

A video of Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman informally interacting with the Chinese soldiers at the Indo-China border has gone viral on social media platforms.

"Ni hao", came the response from the Chinese soldiers, followed by laughter from both sides.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, arrived at Tezpur today as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command as Defence Minister.

With the Chinese soldiers looking a little confused, she asked them, "Do you know what "namaste" is?"

Sitharaman, who was in Nathu La on Saturday, interacted with the Chinese soldiers during a flag meeting ceremony.

After Doklam crisis, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address top Army brass during the commanders' conference tomorrow.

The Chinese head at the Nathu-La post also briefed her on the posts held by the army personnel present at the meet.

On Indian Defence Minister's arrival, PLA troops across the border started taking pictures of her.

The Chinese soldiers returned her greeting saying namaste.

However, her scheduled aerial survey of Doklam and forward posts in the border areas of Sikkim was cancelled due to inclement weather, a statement issued by the Department of Information and Public Relations, government of Sikkim, said.

She was accompanied by Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand and GOC-in-Chief Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna.

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