Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers the meaning of 'Namaste'

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, arrived at Tezpur today as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command as Defence Minister.

Notably, recent media reports have suggested that Chinese soldiers remain in the vicinity of the Doklam standoff site, in increased numbers.

The defense minister's visit to the border area comes more than a month since Indian and Chinese troops disengaged after almost a 70-day standoff at Dokalam.

The short clip shows Sitharaman exchange greetings with the Chinese soldiers.

In a video shared by the official Twitter handle of the Defense Ministry of India, Nirmala Sitharaman was seen teaching Chinese soldiers how to say namaste. Cutting short an Indian Army official who tried to explain to the Chinese what it meant, she told him, "Let them explain, they know what it is".

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After Doklam crisis, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address top Army brass during the commanders' conference tomorrow. She also warmly "acknowledged the row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence". 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.

Sitharaman was also scheduled to take an aerial survey of Doklam and forward posts in border areas of Sikkim but was later cancelled due to bad weather.

The Indian minister's visit came amid reports that China has strengthened its military presence at the Doklam Plateau and even started constructing a road in Chumbi valley, about 10km from Doklam.

The bemused Chinese soldiers hit it right when they burst out it was a "Ni Hao" or a Chinese "hello, how are you".

The Minister was accompanied by Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand and GOC-in-C Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna.

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