China's defence minister visits Nepal to strengthen bilateral ties

Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe's visit to Nepal is to strengthen bilateral ties and military cooperation
China's Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe
China's Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe

In an effort to improve the bilateral relationship between China and Nepal, Chinese Defence Minister, General Wei Fenghe arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday to meet the country’s top officials.

According to news agencies, Nepal's Home Minister Ram Bahadur received Wei and his delegation team at Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday morning. Wei met Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. He held high-level talks with Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff, General Purna Chandra Thapa on his day-long visit.

The Chinese defence minister told reporters that his visit is focused on carrying out bilateral agreements and promoting military cooperation between the neighbouring countries. Some of the main issues discussed were the immediate resumption of Nepal and China’s student exchange and military exercises that were disrupted due to the ongoing pandemic.

Wei has also pledged to provide further aid to Nepal Army’s fight against Covid-19. The Nepali Army strongly believes that this visit from General Wei will boost ties and amplify the friendship between the armies of the two countries.

Wei’s visit is the highest-level visit since China President Xi Jinping’s trip to Nepal in October 2019. According to agencies, Wei’s visit has come at a time when the Nepal Communist Party is embroiled in an internal dispute between Prime Minister Oli and his rival, Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Wei left for Beijing on Sunday evening.

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