Nirmala Sitharaman to Review Situation Along China Border Today

Violet Powell
October 9, 2017

Visiting the India-China border, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday interacted with some Chinese soldiers at Nathu-la and taught them the meaning of Indian greeting "namaste" as the soldier introduces his colleagues.

And after that, it was "namaste" all the way as the PLA officers smartly folded their palms and blurted "namaste".

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.

The light-hearted exchange saw Sitharaman greeting them "Namastey", as the Chinese troops responded with the greeting, "Ni Hao".

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.

When the Indian soldiers prompted the answers to the Chinese, she asks them to "hold on".

N. Korean workers process seafood in China for USA stores, restaurants
A worker stacks crates at the Yanbian Shenghai company which hires some North Korean workers to process seafood in Hunchun. Those industries also export to the U.S. , but AP did not track specific shipments except for seafood.

She was also seen asking one of the PLA personnel: "Do you know what "Namaste" means?".

Sitharaman had also posted a photo of her waving at the Chinese troops. Before she left for Delhi the same day, Sitharaman visited the Solmara Military Station in Tezpur where she had interactions with the officers and jawans of the Army.

"The Union Minister who was scheduled to make her aerial survey of Doklam and forward posts along the Indo-Sino border in Sikkim was cancelled due to inclement weather".

The statement had come amidst reports that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the Doklam standoff site and even started widening an existing road around 12 km from the area of face-off.

After a couple of failed attempts, the Chinese officer nearly hits it right, saying: Nice to meet you.

She was accompanied by Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand and GOC-in-Chief Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna. The status quo prevails in this area.

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