When Nirmala waved at Chinese forces across the fence

Randolph Lopez
October 11, 2017

When defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Nathu La area on the Sino-India border, she had some unexpected fans waiting across the border who were waiting to greet her.

However, recent reports say that only India withdrew its troops while a large number of Chinese soldiers are still present in Doklam and also constructing a road.

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

Since she took charge last month, Sitharaman has been travelling to several Army and Airforce stations in forwarding areas as part of her familiarisation exercise.

While State-run English news channel CGTN carried snippets of her video, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post carried the story saying: "India's defence minister builds bridges with Chinese troops". "Video released by the Indian Defence Ministry shows that she acknowledged the soldiers with a traditional namaste greeting", it said.

India's Economic Times newspaper reported that Sitharaman's trip on Saturday was the first high-level visit to the area following the 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, which ended on August 28 following a mutual agreement between the two countries.

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'The Indian woman Defence minister directly faced the tough border problem. "This is commonly regarded as the attitude of the Narendra Modi government", it said.

"The Sikkim section of China-India border has been delineated by historical convention and the Nathu-La pass is the best witness to that fact".

She conveyed the admiration of the nation for the professionalism of the Indian Army during incidents like the Doklam standoff, response to natural disasters and fighting insurgency in the north-east. The two sides so far have held 19 rounds of talks at the level of Special Representatives to find a lasting solution.

The Chinese foreign ministry seemed to suggest that Sitharaman's friendly interaction with Chinese soldiers was of little importance.

"Maintaining Sino-Indian friendship is a strategic instinct and a rational choice for China", it adds. "India must overcome its paranoia and China has no obligation to indulge India's capriciousness".

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