Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman teach the meaning of 'namaste' to Chinese forces


Earlier, Sitharam said she waved at the Chinese soldiers from the across the border who were reportedly taking her pictures.

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.

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. As it turns out, the Chinese soldier nearly guessed the answer correctly.

The visit in Tezpur was part of Sitharaman's maiden visit to the Eastern Command as defence minister during which she familiarized and reviewed the formation of Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF).

With the Chinese soldiers looking a little confused, she asked them, "Do you know what "namaste" is?"

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Sitharaman then asks the Chinese equivalent of "Namastey".

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

The minister who was accompanied by army Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna was received at Tezpur Airforce Station by Gajraj Corps commander Lt Gen A.S. Bedi and other senior dignitaries of the Army and the Air Force. She also offered candies to the army personnel there.

The Indian government maintained, however, that there was no change in the status quo in the area.