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Nepal Army chief visits China to step up bilateral ties

Last Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 20:10

Kathmandu: Nepal Army Chief General Gaurav Shumsher Rana on Friday left for China for a nine-day official visit to step up bilateral military ties.

Rana is scheduled to meet Deputy Chairman of Central Military Commission Air Chief Marshal Xu Qiliang, Chief of the PLA General Staff Fang and other high-ranking military officials during the visit, said a statement issued by Nepal Army Headquarters.

According to the Directorate of Public Relations at Nepal Army, a deal on setting up two mobile hospitals will be reached during Rana`s visit to the northern neighbour.

"Under the deal China will provide two well equipped mobile hospitals worth 59 million yuan which will be used for disaster relief operations," Army sources said.

During his visit to China by the then Chief of Army Staff of Nepal Army General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung in 2011, China had pledged to provide 100 million yuan worth military assistance to Nepal Army.

"The Chinese government has already initiated the process of providing various medical equipments worth 49 million yuan to Nepal Army," Army sources said.

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai, senior NA officers and defence ministry officials were present at the Tribhuvan International Airport to see off Rana who is visiting China on an invitation from his Chinese counterpart General Fang Fenghui.


First Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 20:09
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