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A gesture of goodwill on the China-India border – China’s latest political and current affairs news

summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for October 9, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.
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Lucas Niewenhuis

India’s defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has been in office for just over a month, and on October 8 she tried a fresh approach to calming renewed tensions on the border between her country and China. Sithamaran posted two short clips on Twitter (1, 2) of her personally interacting with Chinese army officials on the border, which India Today reports were spread widely and generally well received on social media in both India and China.

In the videos, Sithamaran asks the Chinese border guard, “Do you know what namaste means?” One soldier replies, “It means ‘nice to meet you.’” She then asks, “What would you say in Chinese?” The soldier responds, “Nihao (你好 nǐhǎo; hello).” After exchanging greetings, a commander on the Chinese side adds, “India and China are both great nations. Good luck to your country.”

By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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