Nepal to hold first ever military exercise with China:
Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise with China on February 10. The focus of the military exercise, named Pratikar-1, will be on training Nepali forces in dealing with hostage scenarios involving international terror groups. Nepal has conducted exercises with India earlier.
No repercussions on India:
Analysts say that though the military drill with China does not violate the 1950 India-Nepal treaty of peace and friendship, it does appear unconventional.
India-Nepal treaty of peace and friendship:
The 1950 India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship (official name Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between The Government of India and The Government of Nepal) is a bilateral treaty between Nepal and India establishing a close strategic relationship between the two South Asian neighbours. The treaty was signed at Kathmandu on 31 July 1950.
The treaty allows free movement of people and goods between the two nations and a close relationship and collaboration on matters of defense and foreign policy.Under this treaty, Nepal is required to consult India to make defence purchases.
The present government in Nepal headed by Prachanda demands deletion of provisions relating to defence and foreign policy from this treaty.