Nirmala Sitharaman's Namaste to Chinese Soldiers is Hailed Across Border

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Nirmala Sitharaman waves at Chinese soldiers taking her

The Defence Minister has been visiting forward areas and different bases of the three forces since she took over as the Defence Minister, and was also seen interacting with Chinese soldiers on her visit to Nathu La Pass.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who undertook a whirlwind tour of defence bases across the country, today called her visits an "eye-opening experience" and stressed on the integration of the three armed forces.

The maiden visit of the Minister to the Eastern Command is part of her familiarisation with the formations of the Army and the Air Force. Amid her meetings with the forces, the Defence Minister also "acknowledged a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence".

"But Sitharaman's traditional "Namastey" greetings to the Chinese soldiers sent another signal to the public that might not erase the first impression, but may at least balance things out", it added.

Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in a dragging face-off at Doklam, claimed by both China and Bhutan, from June to August, seriously straining relations between Beijing and New Delhi.

In the video, Sitharaman, who was recently appointed as the new defence minister, can be seen teaching Chinese soldiers what Namaste (greetings in Hindi) meant.

The Indian government should show more determination for improving ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi "enjoys advantages towards achieving that goal", Qian was quoted as saying in the report.

On the other hand, the country has said that the Sikkim section of the India-China border has been delineated by historical convention and said that the country should abide by this "fact".

The Chinese foreign ministry seemed to suggest that Sitharaman's friendly interaction with Chinese soldiers was of little importance. The two sides so far have held 19 rounds of talks at the level of Special Representatives to find a lasting solution.

The right-leaning China daily said some Indian nationalists "over-estimate India's strength and rights, assuming New Delhi can bark orders across the border at Beijing". "India must overcome its paranoia and China has no obligation to indulge India's capriciousness".

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