China offers support to Nepal, says will safeguard its sovereignty

By Tribune India

China discussed the possibility of resuming joint military training and cooperation with Nepal during its Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe’s visit to Kathmandu. Gen Wei offered firm support to Nepal to safeguard its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the Chinese Defence Ministry has said here on Monday.

Nepal shares borders with three countries: India, China and Bhutan. The visit comes within days of Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s visit to Kathmandu and three weeks after the Indian Army Chief, Gen MM Naravane, was in Nepal. However, while being open to military cooperation, Nepal did not appear to have crossed an Indian red line on discussing trade in military equipment.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry statement in this respect said Wei told Nepalese leaders that China would continue to keep close communications with the Nepalese side and provide support and assistance for the military development of Nepal and make more contributions to the benefits of both people and regional peace and stability.

He held bilateral talks with Nepal Army Chief Gen Thapa.

This is the highest visit from China after October last year’s President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit.

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