Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had a brief conversation with Chinese soldiers during her maiden visit to the Nathu La border post in Sikkim and was even seen teaching them how to say "Namaste". In the video, the minister is seen explaining the meaning of "Namaste" to PLA soldiers stations along the border.
Notably, recent media reports have suggested that Chinese soldiers remain in the vicinity of the Doklam standoff site, in increased numbers.
In some of the other shared pictures of the visit she was seen making the arduous road journey to the border pass and sharing candies with the Indian soldiers posted on the border.
On Sunday however, Raksha Mantri Twitter handle shared a snippet of Nirmala Sitharaman's interaction with the Chinese soldiers.
With the Chinese soldiers looking a little confused, she asked them, "Do you know what "namaste" is?"
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Sitharaman had also posted a photo of her waving at the Chinese troops.
She exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to Human Rights.
Earlier, Sitharam said she waved at the Chinese soldiers from the across the border who were reportedly taking her pictures.
She was accompanied by Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand and GOC-in-Chief Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna. During her visit, which also coincided with the 85th Air Force Day, the defence minister interacted with the "air warriors" and reviewed the "operational readiness" of the Tezpur airbase where Sukhoi fighter aircrafts and other IAF assets are stationed.
Notably, the Indian government has maintained that the situation at the border has not changed since both the countries reached an agreement over Doklam standoff.
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