Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers meaning of 'Namaste' at Nathu La

Michele Moreno
October 9, 2017

Sitharaman had earlier visited Nathu La area on the China-India border and interacted with army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials.

The video had been posted on Sitharaman's official Twitter handle and the report about her visit had been widely carried in the Indian media.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the Sino-India border, a day after the government said the status quo at the site has not changed since the disengagement on August 28. Though the soldiers are confused in the beginning, he responds "Ni hao". When the Chinese Commander introduces his soldiers to the Defense Minister, she greeted the Chinese soldiers as a greeting to Indian soldiers according to Indian tradition.

The Chinese soldiers returned her greeting saying namaste.

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

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

"Nice to meet you", guesses the Chinese soldier, smiling.

On her arrival at the post, Sitharaman was accorded a Guard of Honour.

This friendly interaction comes days after reports emerged that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has started constructing a road in Chumbi valley, about 10km from Doklam.

The Defence Minister also arrived at Assam's Tezpur on Sunday as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command in order to celebrate the occasion of 85th Air Force Day with Army Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna. She also reviewed the operational readiness of the airbase, seeing the Sukhoi fighter aircraft and other IAF assets at first-hand.

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