Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers the meaning of 'Namastey'

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Jamnagar Air Force Station, Sits In MiG-29 Fighter

A video of Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman informally interacting with the Chinese soldiers at the Indo-China border has gone viral on social media platforms.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid a visit to Jamnagar Air Force Station today and took first hand information about the role and nature of operations undertaken by the Indian Air Force at the air base.

"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.

She then quizzes the soldiers across the border about the meaning of her greeting.

The light-hearted exchange saw Sitharaman greeting them "Namastey", as the Chinese troops responded with the greeting, "Ni Hao". "What would you say in Chinese", Sitharaman asks.

The visit which is part of Sitharaman's familiarization with all the formations of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) comes close on the heels of her visit to Northern Command recently and her visit to Sikkim on Saturday.

One of the Chinese soldiers, with a smile on his face, said "Namaste means nice to meet you".

Earlier, Ms Sitharaman posted a photo showing her smiling and waving at Chinese troops across the border.

The Doklam standoff between India and China started after Indian Army stopped the construction of a road in the area which is disputed between China and Bhutan. She also reviewed the operational readiness of the airbase, seeing the Sukhoi fighter aircraft & other IAF assets at first-hand.

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

She later met with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his residence to discuss issues in the state.

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