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Nepal-China joint military drill raises eyebrow in diplomatic level

Review Nepal
  Kathmandu, Nepal      April 17 2017

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands during latter’s official visit to Nepal in March

 
Kathmandu, Nepal: The first ever Nepal-China joint military drill named as ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’ which is started in Nepal from Sunday, has raised  eyebrow in different sectors particularly in the diplomatic and military sectors.
 
Though none of the foreign countries have made any formal comments regarding the joint military drill between Nepal and its northern neighbor China, southern neighbor India and some western countries have raised their concerns over the motive of the exercise.  
 
The first ever Nepal-China joint military drill was begun at Nepal Army’s Para Training School Maharajgunj in Kathmandu. In the 10-day long military exercise, Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s squad is participating to conduct the military course on counter terrorism and disaster response.
 
As the military exercise between Nepal and China is begun just a day before President Bidya Devi Bhnadari’s state visit to southern neighbor India, it is not only taken as a coincidence but taken meaningfully. President Bhandari is embarking her five day state visit to India from Monday.  
 
Nepalese and Chinese military officials have given high preference to the joint military drill even though such joint military exercise with other countries are common for the Nepal Army. 
 
The joint military exercise would help Nepal and Chinese armies to boost their professional capabilities, Director-General of Military Operations of Nepal Army General Binod Kumar Shrestha had said while inaugurating the joint drill. 
 
Similarly, Colonel Yang Shumeng of People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s, who is leading the Chinese team in the exercise, also highlighted the importance of the joint military drill stating that such exercise would enhance understanding on counter terrorism and strengthen the military-to-military ties between the two neighboring countries.