Beijing (BBC) – 02/08/2022. 09:41
China was building a fence and trying to build a canal and road on the Nepalese side
- China constructed a series of buildings on the Nepalese side of the border.
- People who live near the border should be clearly informed of their whereabouts so that they can protect the Nepalese territory
- This is the first time that official allegations have been received from Nepal about China’s interference in its territory.
The BBC has published a leaked Nepalese government report accusing China of encroaching on Nepal along the common border between the two countries.
This is the first time that official allegations have been received from Nepal about Chinese interference in its territory.
The report was issued last September, following allegations that China was trespassing in Nepal’s far western Humla district, while the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu denied any trespassing.
The Nepalese government has yet to respond to BBC inquiries It was not clear why the report had not been published yet. But the Nepalese government has over recent years improved its relations with China to balance its long-term relationship with India Its giant neighbor to the south.
The border between Nepal and China stretches for nearly 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) along the Himalayas. The boundary was demarcated by a series of columns, separated by kilometers.
This sometimes makes it difficult to know exactly where the boundary is.
The Nepalese government decided to send a task force to Humla after reports of possible Chinese encroachment. The team consisted of representatives of the police and the government.
Some have claimed that China built a series of buildings on the Nepalese side of the border.
In its report, which was passed to the BBC, the group found that surveillance activities by Chinese security forces had restricted religious activities on the Nepalese side of the border at a place called Lallongjong.
The area has traditionally been a magnet for pilgrims due to its proximity to Mount Kailash, right on the border in China, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
The report also concluded that China was limiting Nepalese farmers’ grazing in the same area
I found that China It was building a fence around a border pole, and trying to build a canal and road on the Nepalese side of the border.
But the team discovered that Chinese buildings that were originally thought to have been built inside Nepal were actually built on the Chinese side of the border.
Investigators found that local Nepalese were often reluctant to talk about border issues because some depended on continued cross-border access to Chinese markets.
The report recommended the deployment of Nepalese security forces in the area to ensure security It also proposed to Nepal and China to reactivate a dormant mechanism that was created to solve these kinds of border issues.
Budi Narayan Shrestha, a prominent cartographer and former head of the Nepal Survey Department said that people living near the border should be clearly informed of their exact whereabouts so that they can better protect the Nepalese lands.
Since China denies any encroachment, it is not clear what are its motives for asserting control over its border with Nepal, but security may be one of the reasons.