When Nirmla Sitharaman taught Chinese soldiers Hindi at Nathu La

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took a class of Chinese soldiers on this spot near Dokalm today.

The video had been posted on Sitharaman's official Twitter handle and the report about her visit had been widely carried in the Indian media. They reciprocated with their traditional greetings "Ni Hao" and also introduced themselves.

"Acknowledged a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fences who were taking pictures on my reaching Nathu La", Sitharaman tweeted.

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.

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

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reviewed the operational readiness of the strategically-important airbase at Tezpur with senior army and air force officials. 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.

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On her arrival at the post, Sitharaman was accorded a Guard of Honour.

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.

He said uncertainly, "Nice to meet you?"

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.

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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