Nepal, China to conduct military exercise in Feb

30 December 2016

Nepal and China will for the first time conduct a joint military exercise in February next year.

A Chinese defence ministry spokesperson confirmed this in Beijing today, saying that the Chinese military was looking forward to conducting a joint exercise with the Nepali Army.

''#China and #Nepal will hold their first joint military training in 2017, Chinese MOD spokesperson said on Thu'' China's state-run newspaper People's Daily tweeted. A source said the exercise would focus on preparing each others' armies to combat terrorism.

''The exact date, time frame and venue and other details have not been fixed yet,'' a Nepali Army source told The Himalayan Times. The source further said that it was a low key exercise.

Nepal in the past had conducted such joint military exercises with India and other friendly countries, including the United States.

During a press conference at his office on Thursday, foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat said that the drill was yet to be finalised.

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