China goes gaga over Nirmala Sitharaman's namaste to PLA soldiers on LAC

Nirmala Sitharaman Nathu la doklam china chinese soldiers

Nirmala Sitharaman Nathu la doklam china chinese soldiers

She can be seen teaching the soldiers how to say "Namaste".

Even as China pitches for peace and tranquility at the borders, it continues to mention the 1890 UK-China treaty, which it used to launch diplomatic offensive against India during the 73-day standoff at Doklam.

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.

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

The Defence Minister has been visiting forward areas and different bases of the three forces since she took over as the Defence Minister, and was also seen interacting with Chinese soldiers on her visit to Nathu La Pass.

The Defence Minister then went near the fences and interacted with Chinese soldiers. Both Chinese and Indian Army were involved in a face-off situation in Dokalam tri-junction for over two months when Indian forces objected to a road construction by Chinese PLA in the disputed territory. While the Centre has rejected media reports of a "sizeable" Chinese troops presence in Doklam, the neighbouring country reiterated that Doklam belongs to them.

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This time the Defense Minister is visiting one of the most significant areas along India's borders - Nathu La in Sikkim. She later met Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling at his official residence and sought the state government's intervention in solving the issues between the Army and the state's forest department.

A static display of various aircrafts that had operated from the base as well as weapon systems were shown to the defence minister during her visit to the Air Traffic Control Centre there, said a release by the Defence PRO for Gujarat.

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

A defence ministry statement said Sunday that Sitharaman reviewed the operational readiness first-hand at the Tezpur airbase where the Sukhoi fighter aircraft and other IAF assets are stationed.

Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim today.

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