Sitharaman interacts with Chinese Army at Nathu-La in Sikkim

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Sitharaman interacts with Chinese Army at Nathu-La in Sikkim

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on her visit to the Nathu La area on the Sino-Indian border on Saturday, not only interacted with the Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police officials, but also with the Chinese soldiers posted across the border.

The minister greets the officers with folded hands and a "Namaste".

Actually, most Chinese soldiers don't know English.

Earlier, Nirmala Sitharam said she waved at the Chinese soldiers from the across the border who were reportedly taking her pictures. She also taught them the meaning of "Namaste".

"The visit is part of her (Sitharaman's) familiarization with all the formations of the Indian Army and IAF".

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

After Doklam crisis, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address top Army brass during the commanders' conference tomorrow.

Sitharaman had also posted a photo of her waving at the Chinese troops.

On her twitter handle, she said Chinese soldiers from across the border took pictures of hers when she reached Nathu La.

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 Minister who was accompanied by Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand and GOC-in-C Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna was received at Tezpur Airforce Station by GOC Gajraj Corps Lt Gen AS Bedi and other senior dignitaries of the Army and the Air Force.

However, her scheduled aerial survey of Doklam and forward posts in the border areas of Sikkim was cancelled due to inclement weather, a statement issued by the Department of Information and Public Relations, government of Sikkim, said.

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