Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers to say namaste

Oct 09, 2017, 00:26
Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers to say namaste

She stops Indian soldiers from answering.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman taught the Chinese soldiers the meaning of traditional Indian greeting "namaste" during her one-day visit to the Sino-Indian border in Sikkim. Though the soldiers are confused in the beginning, he responds "Ni hao".

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

And after that, it was "namaste" all the way as the PLA officers smartly folded their palms and blurted "namaste". "What would you say in Chinese", Sitharaman asks.

However, her scheduled aerial survey of Doklam, an area where Indian and Chinese troops indulged in an over two-month-long standoff, got cancelled due to bad weather.

She then quizzes the soldiers across the border about the meaning of her greeting. With the help of a Chinese interpreter, Sitharaman was introduced to a People's Liberation Army commander and captain posted at the China-India border.

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.

The officer guesses: "Nice to meet 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. 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.

She reiterated the government's resolve to give further impetus to development in the border areas.

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