Indian Defense Minister Teaches 'Namaste' to Chinese Soldiers on Border

Post Doklam Nirmala Sitharaman to visit Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction

When the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached the border near Nathula on Saturday, these Chinese soldiers started taking photographs of them ... so the Defense Minister reached the border to talk to these Chinese soldiers.

She conveyed the admiration of the nation for the professionalism of the Indian Army during incidents like the Doklam standoff, response to natural disasters and fighting insurgency in the north-east.

Sitharaman was accorded a guard of honor on her arrival at Nathu La.

"An Indian soldier standing beside Sitharaman is seen holding a gift in the video released by the Indian Defence Ministry, probably the most warmhearted scene since the Doklam standoff", the Chinese daily said.

When Indian soldiers present there try to prompt the answer, she promptly stops them, telling them to let the Chinese figure out the meaning on their own.

The Defence Minister then went near the fences and interacted with Chinese soldiers. India's External Affairs Ministry, however, said status quo prevailed on the plateau.




India justified its action by saying China's construction work posed a security risk to the "Chicken's Neck" - the narrow corridor connecting the bulk of Indian territories with its northeastern states.

The conference over the next two days will see top commanders of the IAF discussing various issues that will decide the future trajectory of the Air Force, including operations, maintenance issues and various administrative initiatives.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed and introduced Union Defence Minister Sitharaman and Dr Subhash Bhamre to the IAF commanders.

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

Thereafter, she visited the Gajraj Corps HQ where she was briefed on the overall security situation in Assam and the Kameng Sector of Arunachal Pradesh and the operational preparedness of the Corps.

She also paid a visit to the Solmara Military Station, Tezpur, where she interacted with the officers and jawans. She also asked the Indian Army to continue "leveraging its strength in diplomatic defence cooperation with neighbourhood and in the region".

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