Nirmala Sitharaman teaches 'Namaste' to Chinese soldiers

Nirmala Sitharaman teaches 'Namaste' to Chinese soldiers

Chinese media has hailed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to the worldwide border, saying India and China have improved on crisis management.

Sitharaman also visited the Gajraj Corps headquarters where she was briefed by Lt Gen Bedi on the overall security situation in Assam and the Kameng Sector of Arunachal Pradesh and the operational preparedness of the Corps. She exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to human rights. She can be seen teaching the soldiers how to say "Namaste".

Sitharaman also took to Twitter and said, "Acknowledged a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures on my reaching Nathu La". One of the PLA personnel appeared confused and said "Namaste" while trying to explain the meaning.

Sitharaman greets the officers with folded hands and a "namaste".

"Sino-Indian relations is entering a new era of crisis management where Indian leadership should seek to fix stagnated ties", a Chinese expert commented on Sunday in China Military following Indian defense minister's wave to Chinese soldiers and greeting them in the traditional Indian way of "Namaste" at the border.

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"Ni hao", came the response from the Chinese soldiers, followed by laughter from both sides.

Responding to her wish, one of the Chinese solider said, "thank you, India and China are great nations". "Good luck to your country", replied the Chinese commander. India supports Bhutan's claim.

Earlier, on Thursday, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa confirmed the existence of Chinese troops in the region.

Meanwhile, reports have said that China is building bunkers on a road in Doklam, just 10 km from the location of the last conflict.

The two videos have been shared by several Chinese and Indian media outlets.

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