Nirmala Sitharaman teaches 'namaste' to Chinese troops

09 October, 2017, 15:47 | Author: Kim Reid
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At this point, some Indian soldiers tried to come to the aid of their Chinese counterparts but Sitharaman asked them to let the PLA men find the meaning on their own.

She was responding to question about the visit by Sitharaman to an Indian Army post in Nathu La.

The officer guesses: "Nice to meet you". In return, the Chinese soldiers too reply with greetings in Mandarin, Ni Hao. She exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to human rights. As it turns out, the Chinese soldier nearly guessed the answer correctly.

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Two short videos of the meeting were posted on the minister's official Twitter account on Sunday.

Notably, the Indian government has maintained that the situation at the border has not changed since both the countries reached an agreement over Doklam standoff.

Sitharaman had earlier visited Nathu La area on the China-India border and interacted with army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials.

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The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post headlined its story saying that "India's defence minister builds bridges with Chinese troops".

An official statement said the Minister extended her good wishes to the Air Warriors on the occasion of 85th Air Force Day as she interacted with them at the strategically important Tezpur airbase and reviewed its operational readiness, while seeing the Sukhoi fighter aircraft and other IAF assets first-hand.

Her visit to Nathu La is particularly significant as it shares the border with Chumi Valley in Tibet, adjoining Doklam where the standoff took place. India supports Bhutan's claim.

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Ram Rahim further told the court that he was not in a position to pay Rs 30 lakh fine imposed on him by the Panchkula CBI court. "The amount of fine will be returned to us with interest if the appeal is accepted", said Ram Rahim's Lawyer SK Garg Narwana.

Meanwhile, reports have said that China is building bunkers on a road in Doklam, just 10 km from the location of the last conflict.

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