Nepal, China hold first-ever joint military exercise

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Photo Courtesy: Nepal Army

KATHMANDU:  Nepal and China on Sunday began their first-ever joint military exercise with a special focus on combating terror, a move that could make India uneasy.

The 10-day-long military drill “Sagarmatha Friendship 2017” that will last till April 25 is being organised by the two countries as part of their preparedness against terrorism that has posed as a serious security threat globally, the Nepal army said.

Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s squad has already arrived in the capital to participate in the military exercise that will focus on counter terrorism and disaster response, it said.

The joint training with China marks Nepal army’s extension of military diplomacy. The Nepal army has long been conducting joint military drills with Indian and American armies.

“A small Chinese troop will be participating in the first ever drill with an equal number of Nepali army personnel,” said military spokesman Jhankar Bahadur Kadayat.

He did not mention the strength of the participating troops. The exercise will take place at the army’s Maharajgunj-based Training School, where Yuddha Bhairab, Mahabir and Bhairabnath Battalions are located.

The Nepali army has said the joint military exercise with China is a step towards preparations against the possible threat from terrorism.

–  PTI, TIMES OF INDIA

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