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Defence Minister teaches 'Namaste' to PLA soldiers in Nathu La

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had a brief conversation with Chinese soldiers during her maiden visit to the Nathu La border post in and was even seen teaching them how to say 'Namaste'.

Two short video clips of her interaction with the Chinese soldiers yesterday were posted today by the Defence Minister's official Twitter handle.


In the first clip, she was seen greeting the PLA personnel with a "namaste" while in the second video the Defence Minister wished good luck to the people of

"Do you know what 'Namaste' means," Sitharaman was seen asking one of the People's Liberation Army personnel who appeared confused and said Namaste while trying to explain the meaning.

At this point, some Indian soldiers tried to come to the assistance of their Chinese counterparts but Sitharaman asked them to let the PLA men find the meaning on their own.

After some time, one of the soldiers, with a smile on his face, said "Namaste means nice to meet you."

Then Sitharaman asked "What would you say in Chinese?"

"Ni hao," responded the Chinese soldiers, triggering laughter on both sides.

Earlier, one of the Chinese soldiers was seen introducing his commander to Sitharaman.

The first video has gone viral on the social media.

In the second video of her interaction with the Chinese soldiers posted by the Defence Minister's official Twitter handle this evening, Sitharaman was seen wishing good luck to the people of

"I wish good luck to the people of your country," Sitharaman was seen telling the Chinese soldiers.

Responding to her wish, one of the PLA personnel said, "thank you. India and are great nations".

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

"Acknowledged a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures on my reaching Nathu La," she had tweeted.

The defence minister visited various forward areas along the India-border yesterday in including Nathu La, which is around 30 km from Dokalam, the site of the 73-day- long standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers.

Her visit came amid reports that has strengthened its military presence at the Dokalam Plateau and even started widening an existing road which is at a distance of around 12 km from the area of the conflict.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 23:42 IST
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