NEW DELHI: China has been quietly ‘redrawing’ its borders with Nepal while the current government under PM KP Sharma Oli is quietly turning a blind eye to this.
Based on a report by the Survey Department of the Agriculture Ministry of Nepal, several border districts have seen China push the border more than 1500 meters inside Nepal.
What’s worse is that the current Nepali Communist Party (NCP) government is trying to shield China’s expansionist agendas as it fears displeasing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The border districts affected include Humla, Gorkha, Dolakha, Darchula, Sindhupalchowk, Sankhuwasabha and Rasuwa
One way China has ‘redrawn’ the border is by pushing boundry pillar number 57 from a mountain top in Korlang area of Dolakha to its valley.
This is one of the many ways in which China has occupied Nepalese territory. It has also pressurised the Oli administration to not sign the fourth protocol for managing the boundries as China wants to maintain the status quo and further ‘occupy’ land.
Just like Dolakha, the Chinese have relocated the boundry pillars in other areas and have merged them into its Tibetan Autonomous Region. In fact, China has, part in part, annexed and assimilated Nepalese territory.
While this has been happening for quite some time now, the Nepalese government is not speaking up as it fears being in an indecisive situation where it doesn’t want to displease China while also avoiding criticism at the domestic level.
Nevertheless, the opposition Nepalese Congress has moved a resolution in the lower house of the Nepalese Parliament, asking the current government to restore the country’s territory which was encroached upon by China.
In fact, the Nepalese Congress lawmakers have alleged that China has encroached upon more than 64 hectares of territory.
Other reports have cited that the Chinese Communist Party has been dominating the decision-making of the Nepalese government. In fact, the Chinese ambassador to Nepal mediated between the warring Prachanda and Oli factions of the Nepalese Communist Party.