China, after trying to change the status quo along LAC, has now encroached into Nepalese territory that could cast a shadow over ties between the ruling Communist party in Nepal and Beijing.
Reports are emerging that China has constructed nine buildings on the Nepali territory. The development came to light during an inspection of the Lapcha-Limi region of Nepal’s remote Humla region from August 30 to September 9 by the local District Officer, ET has reliably gathered. Chinese PLA and border police have occupied Nepalese Territory at Limi Lapcha area of Namkha gaupalika (rural municipality) of Humla district, ET has further learnt.
The Chinese side has unilaterally completed the construction of buildings one km into the Nepali territory. Lapcha-Limi is a very strategic place from where Kailash Mansarovar is seen clearly and the Chinese move is part of its expansionist designs, sources told ET from Kathmandu.
The matter has been reported by the district administration to the Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In June, a Nepal government report said that China is using road construction in Tibet to occupy Nepali land and may establish border outposts in near future. Nepal’s Survey Department of Agriculture Ministry had then claimed that China encroached on 10 places which comprises early 33 hectares of Nepalese land adding that it has also been diverting the flow of rivers to increase its territory.
After the government report, the opposition Nepali Congress urged the KP Sharma Oli government to bring back the encroached territory by holding talks with Beijing but so far the PM has not said anything over the issue.
In a letter to the House of Representatives, the opposition claimed that more than 64 hectares of land of various districts such as Dolakha, Humla, Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha and Rasuwa were encroached by China.
To expand its road network in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) China has changed the course of rivers flowing towards Nepal.
President of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay had earlier warned Nepal and other Asian nations saying that with the occupation of Tibet, in the 60s, Chinese leadership made it abundantly clear that Tibet is the Palm and that they have to go for its 5 fingers – Ladakh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
China’s recent aggression in the Himalayas proves that it is planning to accomplish its ‘Five Finger’ plan, Sangay had said.