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First joint army drill with Nepal aimed at countering terrorism: China

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has said that its first ever joint military exercise with Nepal, dubbed as "Mount Everest Friendship", would strengthen the nations' military ability to coordinate in fighting and help maintain regional peace, stability and security.

"and are two friendly neighbours. I believe it is a good thing for the two countries to expand practical cooperation in various fields and promote common development, including making joint efforts to maintain regional security and stability, through friendly consultations," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular said during a briefing.

Named 'Sagarmatha Friendship-2017' by Nepal, the joint military drill began at Army's Para Training School in Maharajgunj on Sunday.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army's squad arrived in the capital to participate in the 10-day military exercise that will focus on counter and disaster response, reports the Kathmandu Post.

The joint training with marks Nepal's extension of military diplomacy. Kathmandu has long been conducting joint military drills with India and the U.S.

According to the Army (NA), spokesperson Brig. Gen. Jhankar Bahadur Kadayat, a small Chinese troop will be participating in the first ever drill with an equal number of NA personnel.

He, however, did not give the exact number of the troops.

The NA has said the joint military exercise with is a step towards preparations against the possible threat from

Engagement of defence forces from the two countries has lately increased as on February 19, Major General Zhao Jinsong of the western command of the People's Liberation Army of was in on a three-day visit.

That was followed by a visit by Defence Minister and State Councillor Chang Wanquan in the third week of March. Chang had announced 300 million Yuan (Rs. 4.5 billion) in military aid to the NA during his visit.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 08:32 IST