Defence Minister Calls Visits To Border Areas 'Eye-Opening' Experience

Defence Minister Calls Visits To Border Areas 'Eye-Opening' Experience

Defence Minister Calls Visits To Border Areas 'Eye-Opening' Experience

Addressing the media, Hua was responding to a question about Indian Defence Minister Sitharaman's visit to an Indian Army post in Nathu La, which separates India from China's Tibet.

Sitharaman is India's first female defence minister.

Sitharaman had earlier visited Nathu La area on the China-India border and interacted with army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials.

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

Two short videos of the meeting were posted on the minister's official Twitter account on Sunday.

Another Internet user, Tu Yueyue, wrote in Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, "The Indian woman defence minister directly faced the tough border problem".

India said it sent its troops because Chinese military activity there was a threat to the security of its own northeast region.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who undertook a whirlwind tour of defence bases across the country, today called her visits an "eye-opening experience" and stressed on the integration of the three armed forces.

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.

Ms Sitharaman visited the Gajraj Corps Headquarters where she was briefed by Lt Gen Bedi on the overall security situation in Assam and the Kameng Sector of Arunachal Pradesh. "India's concerns about the Siliguri Corridor's security are understandable, but New Delhi can not mess around", it said adding that China is also concerned about the transport route security across the Indian Ocean and the Strait of Malacca, but Beijing has not taken "coercive measures to achieve its aims". "This is commonly regarded as the attitude of the Narendra Modi government", it said. "Both countries should control the risks". New Delhi also needs to give up its pursuit of Washington and Tokyo support to deploy as a bargaining chip against Beijing.

The statement had come amidst reports that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the Doklam standoff site and even started widening an existing road around 12 km from the area of face-off.

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