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Post Doklam Nirmala Sitharaman to visit Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sikkim border and Tezpur as part of her maiden visit to the Eastern Command as Defence Minister.

The minister greets the officers with folded hands and a "Namaste".

Notably, recent media reports have suggested that Chinese soldiers remain in the vicinity of the Doklam standoff site, in increased numbers.

The short clip shows Sitharaman exchange greetings with the Chinese soldiers. Cutting short an Indian Army official who tried to explain to the Chinese what it meant, she told him, "Let them explain, they know what it is". With the help of a Chinese interpreter, Sitharaman was introduced to a People's Liberation Army commander and captain posted at the China-India 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.

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"Nice to meet you", guesses the Chinese soldier, smiling. She interacted with Indian Army and ITBP officials.

The friendly interaction of India's top official with Chinese troops at the border comes days merely weeks after India and China ended their two-month-long stand-off in Doklam over a land dispute in the region.

Sitharaman, accompanied by vice chief of army staff Lt Gen Sarath Chand and GOC-in-C Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krisha, was received at the Tezpur Airforce Station by GOC Gajraj Corps Lt Gen AS Bedi, senior officers of the Indian Army and IAF.

Notably, the Indian government has maintained that the situation at the border has not changed since both the countries reached an agreement over Doklam standoff.

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