Nepal and China begin first-ever joint military exercise


The armies of Nepal and China have commenced a joint military exercise, called Sagarmatha Friendship 2017, in Kathmandu.

The exercise aims to improve mutual trust and confidence between the armies and promote bilateral cooperation.

Said to be the first of its kind, the ten-day long joint training at Special Forces Brigade will focus on the tactics of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism.

Nepalese Army director general of military operations (DGMO) major general Binod Kumar Shrestha said: “The aim of this exercise is to promote military relations and enhance interoperability between Nepalese and Chinese special forces at functional level by placing emphasis on counter-terrorism tactics, techniques, and procedures.”

"The cooperation between CPLA and Nepalese Army in dealing with the threat of terrorism serves the common interest of both countries."

He added: “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.”

The joint training will also allow the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Nepalese Army to learn and share each other's knowledge and experiences.

PLA directing head colonel Yang Shumeng said: “The cooperation between CPLA and Nepalese Army in dealing with the threat of terrorism serves the common interest of both countries.”


Image: The ten-day long joint training between Nepal and China will focus on the tactics of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism. Photo: courtesy of Nepalese Army.