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Sitharaman visits Tezpur, reviews operational preparedness

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Jamnagar Air Force Station, Sits In MiG-29 Fighter

The officer guesses: "Nice to meet you".

The recently appointed Minister visited various forward areas along the border yesterday in Sikkim including Nathu La, which is around 30 km from Doklam, the site of a lengthy standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers.

With the Chinese soldiers looking a little confused, she asked them, "Do you know what "namaste" is?"

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.

Some of Indian soldiers can also be seen clicking photographs of Nirmala Sitharaman's interaction with Chinese troopers while one is seen holding a gift wrapper box.

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

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, arrived at Tezpur today as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command as Defence Minister. They reciprocated with their traditional greetings "Ni Hao" and also introduced themselves.

The minister earlier took to Twitter to share a post showing her waving at Chinese troops who were taking pictures of her from across the border.

The Indian minister's visit came amid reports that China has strengthened its military presence at the Doklam Plateau and even started constructing a road in Chumbi valley, about 10km from Doklam.

Chief of Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna briefed her about the security preparedness at the Indo-China border in the Sikkim Sector. She also reviewed the operational readiness of the airbase, seeing the Sukhoi fighter aircraft and other IAF assets at first-hand. The status quo prevails in this area.

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