Chinese Defence Minister meets Nepal’s top leadership


China’s Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe met Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and held talks with Nepal Army chief Generl Purna Chandra Thapa on various issues of bilateral interest, aimed at bolstering bilateral military cooperation and taking the existing friendly ties to a new height.

  • Bilateral discussions were then held at the delegation-level mainly on issues pertaining to resumption of training and student exchange program and follow up on defence assistance that have been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Positively and affirmed that the bilateral cooperation should resume as soon as possible, including exchange of high level visits.

India’s outreach

  • Indian Army chief aimed at resetting bilateral ties that came under severe strain following a bitter border row between the two countries.
  • China’s political profile in Nepal has been on the rise in recent years with billions of dollars of investments under Beijing’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), including the building of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.
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