New Delhi: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday taught Chinese soldiers the meaning of the Indian greeting “Namaste” during her visit to the India-China border in Sikkim.
A video tweeted from the official handle of the defence minister’s office shows Sitharaman interacting with a Chinese officer, who then introduces her to his colleagues.
The minister greets the officers with folded hands and a “Namaste.”
She then quizzes the soldiers across the border about the meaning of her greeting.
This friendly interaction comes days after reports emerged that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has started constructing a road in Chumbi valley, about 10km from Doklam.
The Indian government maintained, however, that there was no change in the status quo in the area.