China Will Supply “Non-Lethal” Aid to the Nepalese Army
Posted by Ka Frank on December 18, 2009
Below are news reports from November and December 2009 on two agreements to supply Chinese military aid to Nepal.
China pledges Rs100 million military assistance to Nepal
DNA India, November 26, 2009
Kathmandu: In a move that may raise concerns in India, China has pledged a slew of financial assistance to Nepal, including military aid worth Rs100 million [$1.3 million] for the supply of “non-lethal” security equipments and training the Nepalese Army. China has also pledged military assistance worth Rs100 million. The military assistance will include non-lethal security equipments, logistics support, training for Army officials and communications equipment, according to The Kathmandu Post.
Foreign ministry sources said that Chinese side is positive regarding Nepal’s request and agreed to provide phase-wise assistance for the multi-million dollar project. China has allotted about Rs20 million for construction of the consulate building. The existing building that houses the consulate is old and needs to be replaced by a new one, an official said. The announcement was made during bilateral talks held by visiting deputy executive vice-chair of Tibet Autonomous Region, Hao Peng with Nepalese authorities on Wednesday.
China has also agreed to provide Rs30.6 million as food assistance annually from the current year.
China offers non-lethal aid
Himalayan Times, December 16, 2009
KATHMANDU: The government of China extended a ‘non lethal’ assistance worth 28 million Yuan [$4.1 million] to the government of Nepal. China made the commitment during a meeting between a six-member Chinese delegation led by Major General Jia Jialing and Minister for Defence Bidhya Bhandari on Wednesday.
It has been reported that the Defence Ministry was planning to utilise the assistance for construction and development works. It is also learnt that the visiting team and Minister Bhandari agreed to build a ‘friendship building’ in the Nepalese territory in Nepal-China border.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the Chinese aid will be signed between the visiting Chinese delegation and NA at the army headquarters later today.
The delegation invited Minister Bhandari and Secretary of Defence Ministry Nabin Kumar Ghimire to China for a visit. It has been learnt that Bhandari informed they would visit China after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s visit.