Nirmala Sitharaman teaches Chinese soldiers the meaning of 'Namastey'

When the Indian soldiers prompted the answers to the Chinese, she asks them to "hold on".

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

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.

She also said about "acknowledging" Chinese soldiers who were waving from across the border.

And after that, it was "namaste" all the way as the PLA officers smartly folded their palms and blurted "namaste". Chinese soldiers then explain that they nǐ hǎo while greeting people.

The short clip shows Sitharaman exchange greetings with the Chinese soldiers.

Ms Sitharaman's aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathu La area came a day after the government clarified there had been no new developments since the disengagement.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day standoff in Dokalam that began from June 16 over road construction activity at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction. The tension eased after talks between top officials of both the countries.

Since being posted to Twitter this morning, the video has already been "liked" over 5,200 times and retweeted over 3,000 times. "Love the Chinese captain, very cool and relaxed and very respectful to our Raksha Mantri".

Mrs Sitharaman also visited the Gajraj Corps Head Quarters where she was briefed by GOC Gajraj Corps Lt Gen AS Bedi on the overall security situation in Assam and the Kameng Sector of Arunachal Pradesh and the operational preparedness of the Corps.

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

  • Rogelio Becker