When the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached the border near Nathula on Saturday, these Chinese soldiers started taking photographs of them ... so the Defense Minister reached the border to talk to these Chinese soldiers.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived at Assam's Tezpur on Sunday as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command. As it turns out, the Chinese soldier nearly guessed the answer correctly.
In another video that was tweeted from the official handle of Sitharaman's office, the defence minister is seen interacting with a Chinese officer, who then introduced her to his colleagues and describes their job roles at the border.
She was also seen asking one of the PLA personnel: "Do you know what "Namaste" means?". Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took a class of Chinese soldiers on this spot near Dokalm today.
The light-hearted exchange saw Sitharaman greeting them "Namastey", as the Chinese troops responded with the greeting, "Ni Hao".
"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". Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna briefed her about the Army's security preparedness along the India-China border. During her visit, which also coincided with the 85th Air Force Day, the defence minister interacted with the "air warriors" and reviewed the "operational readiness" of the Tezpur airbase where Sukhoi fighter aircrafts and other IAF assets are stationed.
Going by the gracious and good-natured exchanges at the Nathu La border post with China, one would have found it hard to guess that the Indian and the Chinese armies were engaged in a bitter standoff in nearby Dokala till just a month and a half back.