China’s activities in Nepal more assertive after formation of Dahal-led govt: Report

After the establishment of Nepal’s government on December 26, 2022, led by Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda,” China’s activities in the country have become more active, EPardafas reported. Dahal was sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal on the 130th anniversary of the birth of Prachanda’s ideological father, Mao Zedong. Nepal will hold its general elections on 20 November 2022, establishing itself as the third-largest political party with its Maoist center in Dahal winning his 32 seats in his 275-seat lower house. bottom.

EPardafas reports that China’s militancy has become more evident in Nepal after the November 20 elections and the formation of a Dahal-led government. This suggests that Nepal may support Beijing’s expansion into South Asia. When Dahal was appointed prime minister, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu was the first foreign mission to celebrate his appointment.

On December 26, Mao Ning, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, as quoted by EPardafas, “China, a traditional friend and neighbor of Nepal, deeply respects relations with Nepal. We are ready to work with the new government of Nepal to scale up.” We will deepen all-round friendly exchanges and cooperation, pursue high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, inject new impetus into the strategic cooperative partnership characterized by enduring friendship for development and prosperity, and bring more people to the two countries. It will be profitable,” he said. Since the inauguration of the Dahal regime, various activities by China have been carried out in Nepal. On December 27, 2022, a team of Chinese experts arrived in Nepal to conduct a detailed survey of the Kathmandu-Cologne railway. The Kerung-Kathmandu Railway is one of his nine development projects under China’s BRI in Nepal.

Kathmandu’s Dahar-led Communist government is eager and optimistic about gaining Beijing’s support for economic prosperity, but Kathmandu experts and senior economists have expressed concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative. They fear that the implementation of large-scale projects could plunge Nepal into a debt trap like Sri Lanka and undermine its sovereignty in the long run, he reports EPardafas. there is Recently, media reported that China’s salami slicing strategy on Nepal’s northern border has resulted in China’s encroachment of 36 hectares of Nepalese land at her ten locations on her northern border.

China has encroached on 36 hectares of land at 10 locations along Nepal’s northern border, according to a survey document issued by the Ministry of Agriculture. Similarly, a study conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs concluded that border issues need to be included in Nepal’s “national policy,” he reported Meta Khabar. But the international community and Nepalese themselves are probably unaware of the magnitude of the problem.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) built a veterinary center for animal husbandry in a district of Nepal in 2016, but Nepal has not responded. (Ani)

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