Her unscripted camaraderie with the soldiers, who greeted her with a "Ni hao", has made experts as well as common netizens appreciate her "goodwill gesture". Later in the day during her interaction top military commanders of the Indian Army, Sitharaman admired the army for the professionalism of the Indian Army during events like Doklam standoff, and keeping the situation of insurgency in the North East states fairly under control.
In the video, she is seen greeting the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers at the Nathu La border post in Sikkim with a "Namaste" - the Indian form of greeting - and having a pleasant chat. Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took a class of Chinese soldiers on this spot near Dokalm today.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman came across an unexpected row of Chinese soldiers during a visit to Nathu La on the India-China border. "Doklam is Chinese territory". Recent media reports have suggested that Chinese soldiers remain in the vicinity of the Doklam standoff site.
Although India doesn't expect another "flashpoint" in the area, the assessment is that China could attempt a stronger intrusion at another location on the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) - possibly at Barahoti in Uttaranchal, in the central sector.
After the visit, the minister went to Tezpur, as she visited the the Gajraj Corps headquarters and IAF's eastern airbase in Tezpur.More news: Canada Frustrated As US Announces More Tariffs On Bombardier
Since taking charge as Defence Minister, Ms. Sitharaman has travelled extensively to various military stations and border areas.
At Solmara Military Station in Tezpur, she appreciated the high standards of military discipline and preparedness of the army men and their excellent performance in the hard terrain and challenging environment.
The Nathu La post is the last one along the border between Sikkim on the Indian side and Tibet on the Chinese side.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat, while welcoming the minister, talked about her extensive travel to forward posts, including Siachen and the north-east after taking charge of the Defence Ministry. She had visited the Northern Command areas in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Siachen camp on Vijayadashami day.