Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers to say namaste

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Defence Minister N Sitharaman interacted with the Chinese Army personnel at the Nathu-La border in Sikkim, on Saturday.

In the video, she is seen greeting the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers at the Nathu La border post in Sikkim with a "Namaste" - the Indian form of greeting - and having a pleasant chat.

Actually, most Chinese soldiers don't know English.

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.

"Acknowledged a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fences who were taking pictures on my reaching Nathu La", Sitharaman tweeted.

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Earlier, Nirmala Sitharam said she waved at the Chinese soldiers from the across the border who were reportedly taking her pictures.

Some of Indian soldiers can also be seen clicking photographs of Nirmala Sitharaman's interaction with Chinese troopers while one is seen holding a gift wrapper box. "What would you say in Chinese", Sitharaman asks.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today reviewed the operational readiness of the strategically important Eastern airbase of Tezpur.

He said uncertainly, "Nice to meet you?" Ms Sitharaman's scheduled aerial survey of Doklam and other forward posts along the Indo-Sino border in Sikkim was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Defence Minister's visit to Nathu La came amid reports of presence of PLA troops in large numbers close to Doklam, where both Indian and Chinese soldiers were till recently engaged in a faceoff. The status quo prevails in this area. Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna briefed her about the Army's security preparedness along the India-China border.

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