China’s salami-slicing strategy along Nepal’s northern border has resulted in China occupying 36 hectares of Nepal’s land at 10 locations along the northern border.
According to the survey document released by the Ministry of Agriculture, China occupied 36 hectares of Nepal’s land at 10 places on the northern border. Similarly, the study conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs has concluded that it is necessary to include border issues in Nepal’s “state policy”, reported Meta News.
However, the world community and the Nepalese themselves are probably unaware of the magnitude of the problem.
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) built a veterinary center for animal husbandry located in a district of Nepal in 2016, but Nepal has not responded to it.
In a February 2022 report by UK-based media, China accused Nepal of encroaching on shared borders. According to the publication, based on official documents, China has begun efforts to build canals and roads around the border outpost in Nepal’s far western Humla district.
Media Dabali reported that China was also accused of “surveillance activities in the Lalungzong border area, the Chinese border next to Nepal”.
Recent reports have revealed that not only are Nepalese farmers facing restrictions on cattle grazing, but also a ban on ‘Hindu and Buddhist temples’ in the border area by China.
The scale of Chinese encroachment is such that more than seven of Nepal’s 15 districts bordering China are facing Chinese land encroachment, including the districts of Dolakha, Gorkha, Darchula, Humla, Sindhupalchowk, Sankhuwasa and Rasuwa, reports Meta News.
The villages of Darchula and Gorkha have also been taken over by China, the latest example being Rui village. In September 2020, China also built eleven structures on the far border in Humla district.
The pillars in this district were found to have been dismantled and moved by the Chinese. The then Government of Nepal assigned the Ministry of Home Affairs to study the situation in Humla district.
According to The Kathmandu Post, the study committee headed by Joint Secretary Jayanarayan Acharya submitted a report to the Home Minister in the last week of September 2021.
The study made some recommendations of a strategic nature relating to the status of the border pillar, while making strategic recommendations to the government that the border dispute should be included in the state policy and an early solution should be found – long and short and China’s Studying built structures and roads inside the Nepali land.
This is not the first incident of encroachment on Chinese land and interference in Nepali land. In 2009, PLA troops “entered [an] created unsafe district and a veterinary center. According to the Himalayan Times, in 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture released a survey document which “shows that China has encroached 36 hectares of Nepal’s territory at 10 locations along the northern border.” In the same report, in 2016 China claimed to have built several buildings in Nepal.
In 2020, an investigation by the British newspaper found that China has occupied 150 hectares of Nepali land in five districts including Humla.
Humla MP Chakka Bahadur Lama expressed his concern about the observation that ’11 columns are missing’.
In September 2020, there was a protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu regarding the illegal construction of 9-11 houses in Nepal’s Humla district.
Although reports suggest that Nepal’s foreign ministry has taken up the issue of encroachment with the Chinese, the general opinion is that Nepal’s diplomatic silence remains.
This silence has been consistently maintained not only by the leadership of the Chinese-friendly Communist Party in Nepal but also by the leadership of the Nepali Congress (the current government headed by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba), media Dabali reported.
The silence of the Nepali government on this matter will not only bypass the Parliament, but will also make it difficult for the people to believe that the country’s northern border is secure.
Moreover, stifling criticism of China provides further incentive for Nepal’s northern neighbor to continue with its expansionist plans. As reported by Meta News, China has claimed the alleged violation of Nepal’s geographical integrity by promoting a false narrative that Nepal has no territorial issue with China, but only with India.
“Getting real control” and increasing your control over the range. Media Dubali pointed out that China’s incursion into Nepal ‘fits into a wider pattern of Chinese encroachment into neighboring Bhutan and Indian territory’.
As a result, China’s border activities are a threat to Nepal’s northern border. Nepal needs to resolve the border dispute with China as soon as possible due to the negative impact not only on the country’s cultural and religious traditions but also on the local economy.
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