Chinese Defence Minister today called on Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda and discussed a range of bilateral issues including defence cooperation ahead of the first joint military exercise between Nepal and China.
China’s defence minister will arrive in Nepal later Tuesday for talks on joint military exercises, a meeting that will be closely watched by India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region.
Over 1,000 army personnel from 28 countries, including India, are participating in a multi- nation military drill in Nepal aimed at training defence personnel for participation in the UN peacekeeping missions.
More than ten years ago, Shiv Shankar Menon, then a foreign secretary designate, was taken aback, when during a visit to Kathmandu, an Indian journalist queried him about incidents of misbehaviour by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) towards ordinary people, mostly Nepalese.
Indian tourists love to travel to the country’s various states and are fascinated with their Nepal neighbors, the largest Himalayan state in Asia.
China’s Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan will this week visit Nepal, where he will discuss bilateral military cooperation and the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, an ambitious project viewed with suspicion by India.
Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay has remarked that geographic location of China and India as Nepal’s neighbour is a great opportunity for the country.
India is scrambling to offer assistance to Nepal in developing its aviation sector, an attempt to counter China’s initiative to help the Himalayan country build three international airports.
China will hold its first military drills with Nepal next year, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, in a move that could unnerve neighbouring India. China is vying to increase its influence in landlocked Nepal, which serves as a natural buffer between China and India, challenging India’s long-held position as the dominant outside power. While […]