Nirmala Sitharaman interacting with chinese soldiers at Nathu la pass in sikkim

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

Reacting to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to the Nathu La post at the Sikkim frontier, China said it is ready to resolve all border disputes with India in accordance with the "historical treaties". 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".

Continuing diplomatic efforts about the North East border, China yesterday expressed readiness to jointly maintain peace along the border areas with India and said Nathu La, the frontier post visited by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was the "best witness" to the UK-China treaty of 1890.

India's Economic Times newspaper reported that Sitharaman's trip on Saturday was the first high-level visit to the area following the 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, which ended on August 28 following a mutual agreement between the two countries.

The Chinese head at the Nathu-La post also briefed her on the posts held by the army personnel present at the meet.

The Sino-Indian boundary stretches over 3,488-km-long border, 220-km of which falls in Sikkim.

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"You know what namaste is?" The minister demonstrated "namaste" to the Chinese soldiers.

"So I say "namaste"," the Indian defence minister said.

Just weeks ago there was a terse eye-ball to eye-ball contact between soldiers of both sides during the Doklam incident in nearby Bhutan.

From air bases in Gujarat to the Siachen base camp, Sitharaman has been speaking with top defense officials, holding meetings with them and understanding the security situation of the country, including counter-terrorist operations in J&K.

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Though the standoff was resolved more than a month ago, the increasing presence of Chinese troops close to the point of standoff is being closely monitored by India.

Accompanied by Army Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Eastern Command chief Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, she was received at the Tezpur Airforce Station by Gajraj Corps commander Lt Gen A.S. Bedi and other senior dignitaries of the Army and the Indian Air Force.

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