Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman conducts aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman conducts aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area

"During the visit, she will be briefed by top commanders of the Eastern command on the defence preparedness (sic)", The New Indian Express quoted an official as saying.

On Sunday however, Raksha Mantri Twitter handle shared a snippet of Nirmala Sitharaman's interaction with the Chinese soldiers.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman taught the Chinese soldiers the meaning of traditional Indian greeting "namaste" during her one-day visit to the Sino-Indian border in Sikkim. As it turns out, the Chinese soldier nearly guessed the answer correctly. After this, Nirmala Sitharaman asked the meaning of Namaste from Chinese jawans and also meant it.

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

Earlier in the day, state government officials had said the defence minister made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathu La area.

Here She visited the Forward Post of the Indian Army and China went to the border.

Lauding them for their steadfast commitment and high morale in facing the diverse challenges thrown up by the dynamic security environment, Mrs. Sitharaman exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to human rights.

The officer guesses: "Nice to meet you".

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. The status quo prevails in this area.

The minister who was accompanied by army Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna was received at Tezpur Airforce Station by Gajraj Corps commander Lt Gen A.S. Bedi and other senior dignitaries of the Army and the Air Force.