By Cao Wenyong and Chen Jinyang
CHENGDU, Sept. 28 (ChinaMil) -- The 10-day joint training of Chinese and Nepalese special operations forces (SOF) “Mt.Everest Friendship 2018”, the second of its kind between the two militaries, successfully came to an end in Chengdu on September 27.
On Thursday morning, the closing ceremony for the joint training was carried out at a training range of the PLA Xizang Military Command (MC). During the ceremony, Chinese and Nepalese SOF jointly conducted some comprehensive exercises such as coordinated shooting, climb and fast-rope, traction crossing, special driving, and anti-hijacking drills on vehicles. The leaders of the Chinese and Nepalese militaries issued Certificates of Honor and souvenirs to the participants of the two sides.
Li Shizhong, deputy chief of staff of the PLA Xizang MC, said the joint training marks a significant milestone in the history of the two militaries’ exchanges and is an important measure to deepen the consensus and enhance the mutual trust and understanding between the leaders of the two countries and two militaries, which in turn will certainly further promote the in-depth exchanges between the two militaries and push forward the friendly exchanges between the two nations.
Against the backdrop of jointly fighting international terrorism and under the theme of “Hostage Rescue”, the training was divided into two phases of mixed formations and comprehensive exercises.
The two militaries’ officers and soldiers lived, ate, and trained together during the joint training. They have completed ten training courses including climb and fast-rope, special shooting, and explosives elimination, and also participated in a collaborative exercise whereby the counter-terrorism unit responded to a threat of terrorist hijacking a bus.
The first China-Nepal special operations forces joint training “Mt. Everest Friendship 2017” was held in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal in April 2017.