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China pledges Rs100 million military assistance to Nepal

November 27, 2009

November 26, 2009

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
for the supply of "non-lethal" security
equipments and training the Nepalese Army.

China will also give Nepal Rs20 million to
rebuild its Consulate General Office in Lhasa,
Tibet's capital. China has also increased its
annual assistance by Rs1600 million, which was
limited to Rs1100 million until last year.

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.
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