KATHMANDU: The second edition of the joint military exercises between Nepal Army and China’s PLA, named ‘Sagarmatha Friendship’, is to be held in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province of China between Sept 17 and 28. A 16-man team of Nepal Army is going to China under the leadership of a Lieutenant Colonel. The two countries had agreed to resume the exercises, first held in 2017, during PM KP Oli’s recent China visit.
The second edition of Sagarmatha Friendship will focus on ‘anti-terrorism wargames’ and ‘disaster management’. Nepal Army has been conducting similar exercises with the armies of India and the US as a part of its defense diplomacy. SHAMBHU KATTEL