Nirmala Sitharaman to Review Situation Along China Border Today

Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman taught the Chinese soldiers the meaning of traditional Indian greeting "namaste" during her one-day visit to the Sino-Indian border in Sikkim. In the short clip, the Defence Minister is seen greeting troops with her hands folded in a "namaste". Though the soldiers are confused in the beginning, he responds "Ni hao".

"The defence minister is scheduled to visit to border states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, where she will take stock on the prevailing security situation, especially after the Dokalam face-off".

The video, tweeted by the Defence Minister's official Twitter handle this morning, shows Ms Sitharaman chatting with Chinese soldiers at the border at Nathu-La in Sikkim.

The visit which is part of her familiarisation with all the formations of the Indian Army & the Indian Air Force (IAF) comes close on the heels of her visit to Northern Command recently and her visit to Sikkim yesterday.

"What would you say in Chinese?" asks the minister.


"Namaste! You know what "namaste" is?" she asks a Chinese soldier who is acting as a translator.

The Chinese head at the Nathu-La post also briefed her on the posts held by the army personnel present at the meet.

She was accorded a guard of honour on her arrival at Nathu La.

Sitharaman travelled Nathu La, 52 km from Gangtok by road and interacted with Army and ITB soldiers and officials. The Indian government, in a press release, had said that both countries will withdraw its troops from the area.

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.

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