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Nepal, China kick-off first ever joint army drill

ANI  |  Kathmandu [Nepal] 

The first ever Nepal-joint military drill 'Sagarmatha Friendship-2017' began today at Army's Para Training School in Maharajgunj.

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 and the U.S.

According to 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 (Rs4.5 billion) in military aid to the NA during his visit.

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First Published: Sun, April 16 2017. 17:40 IST
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