Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers how to say namaste

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Nirmala Sitharaman Doklam Nathula area Doklam standoff India China border Sikkim standoff Nirmala Sitharaman conducts aerial survey aerial survey of the Doklam Nathula area Nirmala Sitharaman survey India-China

The officer guesses: "Nice to meet you".

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. After this, Nirmala Sitharaman asked the meaning of Namaste from Chinese jawans and also meant it.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today conducted an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the India-China border.

The maiden visit of the minister to the Eastern Command is part of her familiarisation with the formations of the army and the air force. In the video, the minister is seen explaining the meaning of "Namaste" to PLA soldiers stations along the border.

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It was Sitharaman turn to ask: "What would you say in Chinese?"

The official twitter account Defence Minister tweeted the video of the entire incident saying, " Snippet of Smt Nirmala Sitharaman interacting with Chinese soldiers at the border at Nathu-la in Sikkim yesterday.

She reiterated the government's resolve to give further impetus to development in the border areas.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day standoff in Dokalam that began from June 16 over road construction activity at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction.

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The Doklam Plateau is claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan as their territory.

After almost 70 days, the conflict, described as the worst in decades, subsided with both countries accepting that they were withdrawing their troops.

Mrs Sitharaman also visited the Gajraj Corps Head Quarters where she was briefed by GOC Gajraj Corps Lt Gen AS Bedi on the overall security situation in Assam and the Kameng Sector of Arunachal Pradesh and the operational preparedness of the Corps.

Notably, recent media reports have suggested that Chinese soldiers remain in the vicinity of the Doklam standoff site, in increased numbers.

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