Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers how to say namaste

Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers how to say namaste

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

In a brief conversation with Chinese soldiers at the Nathu La border post in Sikkim, the Defence Minister teaches them how to say "Namaste". They just understand Chinese.

This will be minister's maiden address to Army commanders and would also discuss the ways of dealing sternly with Pakistani support to terrorists against India.

"Acknowledged a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures on my reaching Nathu La", the defence minister tweeted from her official Twitter handle.

Beijing often referred to the 1890 Britain-China treaty during the Doka La standoff stating that it has defined the Sikkim section of the boundary with Tibet, therefore the border in that area has been settled.

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.

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Tensions between China and India ran high after the pair became embroiled in a stand-off over Doklam, about 30km away from the area the minister was visiting.

Though the standoff was resolved more than a month ago, the increasing presence of Chinese troops close to the point of standoff is being closely monitored by India.

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.

"We have seen recent press reports on Doklam..."

The gesture shown by the Defence Minister has been welcomed by both internet users and experts of Indian and China alike.

As an Indian soldier approaches to end the quiz by telling the answer, the Defence Minister signalled him to wait.

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