The People’s Liberation Army is alleged to have annexed more than 150 hectares of Nepal. Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, a leader of Nepali Congress Party, has alleged that Chinese troops have targeted five districts since May. Beijing is accused of taking control of around 30 hectares of Nepalese territory in the tiny village of Limi Valley, according to reports.
Shahi alleged that Chinese forces also built nine concrete structures, including a military base, less than one mile inside Nepalese territory. He said, “Why should China come over into Nepal when China is already sixty times the size of our small country?”
Both Chinese and the Nepalese government have denied the claims. China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said claims Beijing had made a military advancement into Nepal were “completely unfounded”. Nepal’s foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Sewa Lamsal claimed “It is not true that China has encroached our land and had constructed buildings there.”
In June, a report by the Nepalese Surveying and Mapping Department, also alleged China had attempted to redraw the map and its border with Nepal.
The study said Beijing had made a move to manipulate the course of a nearby river in order to claim an additional 33 hectares of land.
Shahi warned locals are helpless to do anything due to the economic dependency on neighbouring China. “The local people are very scared, particularly because they previously depended on Chinese traders to buy commodities like rice, bread and salt. They are worried that if they raise their voices on the issue then it will disturb everything for them.”
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