Chinese media went gaga over Sitharaman's interaction with PLA troopers

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

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The recently appointed Minister visited various forward areas along the border yesterday in Sikkim including Nathu La, which is around 30 km from Doklam, the site of a lengthy standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers. Several Chinese media outlets have also shared the video and their internet have users welcomed her interaction as a sign of improving ties after the 72-day stand-off at Doklam.

The Nathu La post, Chinese Foreign Ministry said, is the "best witness" to the convention inked between China and the erstwhile Great Britain in 1890, which defined the demarcating boundary in Sikkim region.

South China Morning Post wrote that Sitharaman was building "bridges with Chinese troops", adding she experienced "an unexpected wave of goodwill".

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China appeared to welcome the Indian minister's gestures at the border.

A video tweeted from the official Twitter handle of Defence Minister's office shows Sitharaman interacting with a Chinese officer who introduces her to his colleagues.

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On Indian Defence Minister's arrival, PLA troops across the border started taking pictures of her. She can be seen teaching the soldiers how to say "Namaste". Both before and after the Doklam crisis, the Chinese government hopes for border peace with the broad support of the Chinese people.

On the other hand, the country has said that the Sikkim section of the India-China border has been delineated by historical convention and said that the country should abide by this "fact". The two sides so far held 19 rounds of talks at the level of Special Representatives to resolve the dispute.

The right-leaning China daily said some Indian nationalists "over-estimate India's strength and rights, assuming New Delhi can bark orders across the border at Beijing". "Maintaining Sino-Indian friendship is a strategic instinct and a rational choice for China".

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Meanwhile, the state-run tabloid Global Times which routinely attacks India also carried an editorial saying that "India must overcome security paranoia".

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