Although Nepalese and Chinese military officials have been saying that Nepal-China joint military drill is intended to enhance the capability of the armies in times of disasters and anti-terrorism activities, much speculation may be going on in some quarters of Nepal and its southern neighbor.
Although everyone is watching quietly, the special forces of Nepal Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army have already marched on the ground for the exercises.
Nepal Army has been hosting joint military exercises with Indian and American Army for the last many years, this is for the first time the Nepalese Army is playing the game with the People's Liberation Army of China.
Focusing on tactics of counter insurgency and counter terrorism, the 10-day military drill, named Sagarmatha Friendship 2017, is the first of its kind between the armies of Nepal and China.
Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Binod Kumar Shrestha inaugurated the event at the Maharajganj-based Special Forces Brigade.
In his opening remarks, Maj Gen Shrestha said that the joint exercise aimed at promoting military relations and enhance interoperability between Nepali and Chinese special forces at functional level by placing emphasis on counter terrorism tactics, techniques and procedures.
“Chinese Army is widely acknowledged for its professionalism, dedication and combat experience while Nepalese Army has gained many valuable lessons during its successful counter insurgency campaign in recent past and has a wealth of experience worth sharing,” he said.
He further expressed his confidence that the joint training will prove to be a great platform to learn and share each other’s knowledge and experiences.
PLA’s Colonel Yang Shumeng said the cooperation between Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Nepal Army in dealing with the threat of terrorism serves the common interest of both countries.
He also expressed his hope that the joint training will enhance mutual trust and confidence between two armies and promote bilateral cooperation.