Headlines of all major newspapers in Nepal March 24, 2011 read Chinese military support worth Rupees 1.3 Billion.
Albeit some remain scared and the rest have taken it in a normal manner.
The Nepal Army Chief Chhatra Man Singh Gurung and visiting Chief of General Staff of the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army Chen Bingde signed two separate agreements on Wednesday March 23, 2011, according to which China will provide around Rs. 1 Billion worth medical equipments to Birendra Military Hospital and around Rs. 300 Million worth construction equipments to Nepal Army to support its developments endeavors.
Chief Chen arrived in Kathmandu on a three day visit leading a high profile 18 member military delegation on Wednesday at the invitation of General Gurung.
This size and dimension of the visiting Chinese delegation itself has created ripples in the entire Himalayan Asian region.
In a brief encounter to media personnel at the Tribhuwan International Airport Chen hoped that his visit will further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.
"We have made this visit for the purpose of further enhancing mutual understanding, promoting friendship, strengthening cooperation and enhancing the China- Nepal Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation featuring ever- lasting friendship to move ahead constantly," Chen said.
Nepal’s high ranking military officials were present at the Airport to welcome the Chinese high dignitary.
The Chinese side has also extended an invitation to General Gurung to visit China. Gurung accepting the invitation and has expressed his willingness to visit China between end December 2011 to early January 2012.
The delegation will meet President Dr. Yadav today at Shital Niwas.
The Annapurna Post quotes unnamed Military source as saying, “Huge Chinese support has come at a time while India is only making repeated assurances of extending supports. The Chinese support is very important for us.”
It is the Indian habit of making noises, analysts opine.
“In 1989 when China had provided military support including Anti-Aircraft Guns, the Indian side had expressed its serious concerns”, Annapurna also writes.
The Indian annoyance was to the extent that it did away with the active monarchy by extending visible support to the then champions of political change in Nepal.
Late Chandra Shekhar, an Indian leader then, had virtually led the Nepali movement in 1990, analysts recall.
The Panchayat system collapsed withing months.