When Nirmala Sitharaman greeted Chinese soldiers at Nathu La pass

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Earlier, Sitharam said she waved at the Chinese soldiers from the across the border who were reportedly taking her pictures.

But it was soft diplomacy at its best when defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman greeted Chinese military officials with an Indian customary "namaste" at the Nathu La border during her official visit to the place. As it turns out, the Chinese soldier nearly guessed the answer correctly.

"What would you say in Chinese?" asks the minister.

In some of the other shared pictures of the visit she was seen making the arduous road journey to the border pass and sharing candies with the Indian soldiers posted on the border. In the short clip, the Defence Minister is seen greeting troops with her hands folded in a "namaste". After this, Nirmala Sitharaman asked the meaning of Namaste from Chinese jawans and also meant it.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today reviewed the operational readiness of the strategically important Eastern airbase of Tezpur.

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Sitharaman had also posted a photo of her waving at the Chinese troops.

The statement had come amidst reports that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the Doklam standoff site and even started widening an existing road around 12 km from the area of face-off.

The Chinese security personnel, who was introducing his colleagues to Sitharaman, replies by saying "Nice to meet you".

The Defence Minister also arrived at Assam's Tezpur on Sunday as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command in order to celebrate the occasion of 85th Air Force Day with Army Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna.

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