China pledges RMB 150 million (NRS 2.4 billion) military assistance to Nepal Army

The Chinese government has agreed to provide RMB 150 million (NRS 2.4 billion) military assistance to Nepal Army. The ‘assistance’ which is to be provided over three years will be utilised towards better humanitarian and disaster management by Nepal Army. An agreement to this regard was signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Ishwor Pokhrel, and Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe in Beijing on Sunday.

Before signing the agreement, DPM Pokhrel, who is currently in China, held a discussion with General Wei on mutual assistance and bilateral interest. DPM Pokhrel reiterated that Nepal was firm on panchasheel, peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and non-interference towards internal affairs in terms of Nepal-China relations. He also made it clear that Nepal was firm on One China policy and would not allow the use of its land against its northern neighbour.

Stating that Nepal and China shared a cordial ties since ancient times, the Chinese Minister for Defense thanked Nepal for its high-level of participation in the 9th Xiangshan Forum and 7th CISM Military World Games held recently in China.

During the meeting, the two also expressed their opinion about the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepal and assessed that the visit had helped the Sino-Nepal ties come closer. On the occasion, Pokhrel extended an official invitation to his Chinese counterpart for the Nepal.

The Nepali delegation, led by DPM Pokhrel is currently in Beijing. Present in the meeting were Nepali Ambassador to China, Leelamani Poudyal, and Lieutenant General of Nepal Army Gaurav Tandul among others.

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