When Nirmala Sitharaman greeted Chinese soldiers at Nathu La pass

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledging a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking

A Defence Ministry press release said, the visit was part of her familiarisation with all the formations of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force came close on the heels of her visit to Northern Command recently and her visit to Sikkim yesterday.

Notably, recent media reports have suggested that Chinese soldiers remain in the vicinity of the Doklam standoff site, in increased numbers.

Sitharaman then asks the Chinese equivalent of "Namastey".

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, arrived at Tezpur today as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command as Defence Minister.

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.

With the Chinese soldiers looking a little confused, she asked them, "Do you know what "namaste" is?"

After Doklam crisis, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address top Army brass during the commanders' conference tomorrow.

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

On her arrival at the post, Sitharaman was accorded a Guard of Honour.

Sitharaman, on a day's visit to Sikkim, traveled by road to Nathu La, 52 km from Gangtok, and interacted with army and ITBP officials posted there.

He said uncertainly, "Nice to meet you?" Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna briefed her about the Army's security preparedness along the India-China border.

Going by the gracious and good-natured exchanges at the Nathu La border post with China, one would have found it hard to guess that the Indian and the Chinese armies were engaged in a bitter standoff in nearby Dokala till just a month and a half back.

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