Chinese daily Global Times has hailed Sitharaman's gesture and has called it a 'goodwill signal' between the India and China after the 73-day long Doklam standoff.
After trending on social media on Sunday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘Namaste’ diplomacy also won the hearts of the Chinese. As per reports, Chinese daily Global Times has hailed Sitharaman’s gesture and has called it a ‘goodwill signal’ between the India and China after the 73-day long Doklam standoff. The Defence Minister had visited Nathu La border on Sunday and had an interesting conversation with the Chinese soldiers at the Sikkim border.
“Sino-Indian relations is entering a new era of crisis management where Indian leadership should seek to fix stagnated ties,” reported Global Times. Qian Feng, an expert at the Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, told the Global Times that the greeting sent a goodwill signal towards mending bilateral ties and putting relations back on track toward normality. “The Indian government should show more determination for improving ties as its current Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys advantages towards achieving that goal,” added Qian.
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Nirmala Sitharaman had taught the Chinese soldiers the meaning of Indian greeting ‘namaste’ during her visit and also the procedure to do it. The entire interaction was caught on video and was tweeted from the official handle of Raksha Mantri. Sitharaman interacted with Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police officials on the Sino-India border. As per a PTI report, the defence minister made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathu La area too.