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China seizes more Nepali territory, structures built over border: Report

Kathmandu: China has annexed an additional 150 hectares of Nepal, the UK-based Daily Telegraph reported citing politicians from the Himalayan nation.

It was reported earlier that China had allegedly started slicing into Nepali territory in at least five border districts in May by sending in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in areas that were unguarded.

According to the news report, Chinese troops crossed the border into the Limi Valley and Hilsa in the north-western district of Humla. They moved stone pillars that had been erected earlier to demarcate the border between the two countries.

Subsequently, the PLA has allegedly constructed military structures on the encroached territory, the news report added. Chinese personnel also allegedly moved the pillars further into Nepalese territory in Gorkha district.

The report also suggests that additional encroachment has occurred in the Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk and Sankuwasabha districts, after the Chinese in Tibet Autonomous Region diverted the flow of rivers acting as a natural boundary to claim previously submerged Nepalese territory.

Nepali politicians have accused the government of staying silent for fear of angering their most important trading partner and regional ally.

Nepal is currently ruled by the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which sees the Communist Party of China (CCP), as an ideological brother, The Telegraph reported.

China also contributes to the majority of vital foreign direct investment into Nepal, which is one of Asia’s poorest nations.

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