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Expansionist China makes inroads into Nepal; Oli govt mum

New Delhi: Even as Nepal continues to lock horns with India over the border regions of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, China has occupied a village of Nepal and allegedly removed the boundary pillars to legitimize its annexation, top government sources said on Tuesday.

The Rui village in Gorkha district, which consists of about 72 houses, has reportedly been under siege, owing to the negligence and apathy of the Nepalese government.

Apart from Rui, China has also occupied strategic lands at 11 places across Nepal. Around 36 hectares of land in four districts of Nepal, which border China, have been illegally occupied by the dragon.

Nepal, which shares a boundary with China in the north, has 43 hills and mountains from the east to west that act as the natural boundary between the two countries. The two countries have six check posts, essentially for trade.

According to a Zee News report, Nepal’s recent aggressive posture in raising border disputes with India is simply to divert public attention from China’s occupation of many areas of the Himalayan nation.

Last year, sources said, the Nepal government realized China had been annexing their land however they preferred to remain tightlipped.

“Even after realizing that China’s aggressive nationalism and military expansionism are a reality, the policies fashioned by hardline Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders, Nepal communist government prefers to remain silent,” said the sources.

Nepal has found that China has already occupied six hectares of land near Bhagdare Khola (River) area and four hectares near Karnali River in Humla district.

They also found that China has illegally occupied two hectares near Sinjen Khola (river) and one hectare of Bhurjuk Khola (River) in Rasuwa district.

It has also captured land adjacent to Lamde Khola and three hectares near Jambu Khola in Rasuwa district. China has also illegally occupied seven hectares of land in Kharane Khola and four hectares near Bhote Koshi of Sandhu Pal Chok district in Nepal, three hectares of Samjung Khola, two hectares near Kam Khola and four hectares of land from Arun river bed in Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal.

But, instead of objecting to Chinese illegal occupation and growing infiltration into the Nepalese boundaries, the KP Sharma Oli government trained guns at its long time ally India.

Sources say that Nepal’s provocative move has been taken at China’s behest which has crippled the world by spreading coronavirus and is aggressively pursuing its expansionist policy.

“Nepal’s domestic policy appears to be ruled by China. The Oli government is escalating the tension between the two countries on issues that have earlier never figured in India-Nepal bilateral relationship. Occupation of its villages by China and now Nepal’s provocative gesture in Bihar that shares 700 km international border with Nepal, makes it evident that the Oli government is being ruled by Beijing,” top sources said.

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