Indian Defence Minister's 'Goodwill Gesture' charms Chinese media

Posted October 11, 2017

Another source was quoted as saying by the Times of India that Sitharaman was indeed fearless as there is no woman in the senior ranks of the Communist Party and government in China.

When the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached the border near Nathula on Saturday, these Chinese soldiers started taking photographs of them ... so the Defense Minister reached the border to talk to these Chinese soldiers.

The Indian government should show more determination for improving ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi "enjoys advantages towards achieving that goal", Qian was quoted as saying in the report.

The Defence Minister has been visiting forward areas and different bases of the three forces since she took over as the Defence Minister, and was also seen interacting with Chinese soldiers on her visit to Nathu La Pass.

When Indian soldiers present there try to prompt the answer, she promptly stops them, telling them to let the Chinese figure out the meaning on their own.

Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim today.

"Indian society is sensitive and arrogant, and Indian media is amplifying nationalism", the daily added. But confrontation with Beijing is also a radical idea beyond its national strength and contradicts its fundamental interests.

"The minister experienced an unexpected wave of goodwill from Chinese soldiers when she visited troops stationed on the frontier between the countries", South China Morning Post reported. India's development lags behind China. "It should consider deepening strategic security communication with China, which can enhance mutual trust between China and India", it said. The Indian government, in a press release, had said that both countries will withdraw its troops from the area.

"Indians must overcome the paranoia that suggests their country is strategically thwarted and threatened by Beijing". But the reports of a new Chinese road in the sensitive region have spread quickly, fueling political fires in New Delhi.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day standoff in Dokalam that began from June 16 over road construction activity at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction.