/Days after Shringla visit, China defence minister in Nepal to boost military ties
Days after Shringla visit, China defence minister in Nepal to boost military ties

Days after Shringla visit, China defence minister in Nepal to boost military ties

KATHMANDU: China’s defence minister General Wei Fenghe on Sunday met Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli and held talks with the country’s army chief General Purna Chandra Thapa on various issues of bilateral interest, aimed at bolstering military cooperation and taking the existing friendly ties to a new height. This is the highest-level visit from China after President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit that took place in October last year.
Wei’s visit comes days after foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla wrapped up his maiden two-day visit to Nepal. In the first week of November, Indian Army chief General M M Naravane paid a three-day visit to Nepal aimed at resetting bilateral ties.
General Wei held talks with General Thapa at the army headquarters. “Bilateral discussions were held at the delegation-level mainly on issues pertaining to resumption of training and student exchange programme and follow up on defence assistance,” a statement by the Nepal army said. Wei viewed both the proposals “positively and affirmed that the bilateral cooperation should resume as soon as possible,” it said. He also pledged to provide additional assistance to the Nepali army in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. The Nepali army expressed confidence that “the visit will help in strengthening and expanding the cordial military-to-military relations.”
Wei paid courtesy calls on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and PM Oli. Wei told reporters that his visit will promote military cooperation between Nepal and China. “China and Nepal have been enjoying a close relationship for a long time, and I am here to take that relationship to a greater heigh,” he said.