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Nepal-China to have first joint military exercise
Posted:Apr 13, 2017
 
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Nepal and China will be holding their first joint military exercises from April 16-25. While Chinese military aid to Nepal has significantly boosted in recent years, this is the first time that Kathmandu and Beijing are holding such a joint military exercise in Nepal.
 
In a recent visit to Nepal, visiting Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor Chang Wanquan had announced a 300 million yuan military aid to Nepal Army for logistical support to its UN peacekeepers.
 
The 10-day long military exercise will be focused on disaster response and counter terrorism.
 
"In a bid to give continuity of such joint military training and exercises with the neighboring countries and friendly nations, and in the context of terrorism that is posing serious threat to the global peace also its possible challenges to the global security, we are holding first ever joint military exercise with China under the banner of ‘Sagarmatha Friendhsip-2017’, said the Nepal Army in its statement.
 
Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mt Everest that is bordering Nepal and China.  
 
The announcement has raised eyebrows in New Delhi with strategic circles questioning about the intent of such an exercise.
 
Nepal has been holding such joint military exercise with India, US and recently held a multilateral joint military exercise with various nations involved in UN peacekeeping operations.
 
 
 
 
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