Nepal Military chief meets China’s Defence Ministry; talks about plans to improve military ties

Nepal Military chief meets China’s Defence Ministry; talks about plans to improve military ties

Nepal Military chief General Purna Chandra Thapa on Thursday met China’s Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and also discussed plans to improve the military ties between the two neighboring nations.

Thapa is on a week-long formal tour to China. He arrived in Beijing on June 16 on the invite of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

During the meeting, We stated recent years have seen continuous advancement of the China-Nepal extensive cooperative partnership with ever-lasting friendship under the guidance of the leaders of both nations, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China very appreciates Nepal’s firm adherence to the “one China” policy, he stated, apparently referring to the Tibet and Taiwan problems.

Beijing continues to be investing heavily in the land-locked Himalayan nation in recent years, rapidly improving infrastructure connectivity with the rail and road links.

Nepal also signed a transit treaty with China to use Chinese ports for its overseas trade in a bid to decrease dependence on Indian ports.

Under the “one China” policy, Nepal for its part continues to be cracking down hard on Tibetans passing into India through Nepal to meet their religious leader Dalai Lama.

We stated the Chinese military’s willingness to help the Nepalese side to maintain the sound growth momentum of bilateral military ties, step up long-term planning and top-level design of military cooperation and advertise continuous consolidation, deepening and improving the ties between the two militaries, the report said.

Thapa showed Nepal’s appreciation of China’s long-term support and help, saying the Nepalese armed forces were willing to step up cooperation with China in numerous areas and contribute to deepening the Nepal-China relationship.

On Wednesday, he met the associate of the Central Military Commission of China, Li Zuocheng, at the PLA headquarters in Beijing.

Throughout the meeting, an agreement was signed under which the PLA would give a heavy mechanical bridge, explosive ordnance disposal tools, and rescue kits, worth 150 million Yuan, to Nepal under the humanitarian help and disaster management, Defense Ministry sources said in Kathmandu.

The Chief of Army Staff of the Nepal Army also checked the military structures of the PLA and visited various tourist destinations including the Great Wall.


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