Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Chinese media went gaga over Sitharaman's interaction with PLA troopers

Sitharaman with troops Nirmala Sitharaman to visit Nathu La along with Army chief
Lillian Steele | 11 October, 2017, 00:29

Defence Minister stressed on the fact that IAF should focus on "Make-in-India" in Force.

Sitharaman's statement comes at a time when India and Pakistan continue to remain in loggerheads and relationship with China has hit a rough end even after though the Doklam stand-off was resolved amicably.

Ms. Sitharaman has also informed the Army of her request to Home Minister Rajnath Singh for provisioning of Humanitarian And Disaster Relief (HADR) equipment to allow the Indian Army to use them during natural disasters.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman came across an unexpected row of Chinese soldiers during a visit to Nathu La on the India-China border.

The video had been posted on Sitharaman's official Twitter handle and the report about her visit had been widely carried in the Indian media.

During her visit, Sitharaman taught the Chinese soldiers the meaning of "namaste" and also the procedure to do it.

On Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site, a user called Tu Yueyue wrote, "The Indian woman defence minister directly faced the tough border problem".

Sitharaman was accorded a guard of honor on her arrival at Nathu La.

Expanding on the military debate, the Chinese daily said: "China's infrastructure construction in the Doklam region is logical, but India's strong reaction is eccentric".

A man walks inside a conference room used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, at the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in 2009.

According to Qian, the Indian government should show more determination for improving ties as its current Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys advantages towards achieving that goal.

She later met Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his official residence and sought the state government's intervention in sorting out issues, mostly concerning land, between the Army and the state's forest department.

The trouble started in June when India sent troops to stop China building a road in the Doklam area, which is remote, uninhabited territory claimed by both China and Bhutan. "Both countries should control the risks".

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