14October 2016: A Kathmandu-based media outlet claimed yesterday that China recently pledged assistance to modernise Nepal Army’s “military hardware” as well as upgrade its disaster management capacity.
The promise was made after Nepal’s defence minister Bal Krishna Khand arrived in China on October 9 for a week-long official visit.
“The Chinese authorities have assured of providing military hardware to Nepal Army and assistance to Nepal government in disaster management sector,” Minister Khand was quoted as saying by The Kathmandu Post.
According to Post, the commitment was made during Mr Khand’s meeting with China’s Defence Minister and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China, Chang Wanquan.
It is noteworthy that China had sent quite a large contingent of People’s Army in the immediate aftermath of the Nepal earthquake lat year. The communist nation had sent 1088 personnel to Kathmandu to help with the rescue and relief mission following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
The number of personnel was apparently a record high since the New China was formed in 1949 effectively making it the biggest humanitarian operation on a foreign soil.