India's defence minister reviews operational readiness of Tezpur airbase

09 October, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The defence minister-India's first full-time lady defence minister-also waved at Chinese soldiers posted across the border at Nathu La and even tweeted a photo where she was seen smiling and waving at, what she said was, "a row of Chinese soldiers from across the fence who were taking pictures [of Sitharaman] reaching Nathu La".

After her visit to India-China border in Sikkim, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived at the Gajraj Corps headquarters and eastern airbase in Tezpur, about 185 KM from here, on Sunday.

Sitharaman, who was in Nathu La on Saturday, interacted with the Chinese soldiers during a flag meeting ceremony.

Then the minister asked the soldier what that would translate into Chinese, to which the soldier replied, "Ni hao".


Defence Minister's visit to the forward Indo-Sino border area came amid reports of a road construction in Doklam by Chinese PLA soldiers. In the short clip, the Defence Minister is seen greeting troops with her hands folded in a "namaste".

Earlier in the day, state government officials had said the defence minister made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathu La area. 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. Before she left for Delhi the same day, Sitharaman visited the Solmara Military Station in Tezpur where she had interactions with the officers and jawans of the Army.

She exhorted the troops to continue with the same zeal and sense of pride and honour showing due respect to Human Rights.

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.

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