Opposing Agriculture Ministry reports, Nepal’s Foreign Minister says ‘no border dispute with China’

Srinagar: Terming the media reports mentioning China’s encroachment on Nepal’s territory, fake, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal Pradeep Gyawali has said that there is no border dispute between Nepal and China.

Gyawali has urged the media not to publish such news which would affect the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The government of Nepal, according to Gyawali, is studying the source of the “fake” news.

”Misinformation will mislead us, so let’s not entertain such stuff,” Gyawali said urging the media to be careful while covering sensitive issues and not to give space to stuff capable of jeopardizing the cordial relations existing between the countries.

Nepal and China have no border disputes as both the countries have signed a “peace and friendship border treaty” and both parties are agreed to inspect the bilateral border points in every ten years.

“During the third border inspection, it was decided to place border pillars for the clarity of border demarcation. Preparations are on to resolve the issue on tri-juncture towards the west,” Gyawali was quoted by a Kathmandu based news website MyRepublica as having said.

In this regard, Nepal Communist Party’s Ram Narayan Bidari, Prakash Pantha of Nepali Congress and Socialist Party’s Pramila Kumari suggested actions against any undue moves capable of jeopardizing the friendship between two countries.

They also enquired about the state of the country’s diplomatic relations with India in the aftermath of the publication of the country’s revised political and administrative map.

In response to suggestions, Gyawali said lawmakers’ statement in the parliament should be based on facts.

He added that misinformation may appear in the media time and again, but such lawmakers presenting views just being merely based on such reports without further study on the issue and verification will not end in a positive note.

He went on to say the government was in constant touch with India to resolve the disputes that emerged after Nepal published the updated map and both countries have good relations.

”We are confident that the dispute would be resolved through diplomatic efforts. No move capable of causing implication on Nepal-India multi-dimensional relations will be taken. The government is aware of any untoward tension between the two neighbours and support from all quarters are required for the same,” the news website quoted Gyawali as saying.

However, in contradiction to this, a report by Survey Department of Agriculture Ministry of Nepal, said that Nepal’s land in several places spreading over seven bordering districts has been ‘illegally occupied by China.

Districts which are victims of ‘land grabbing plan‘ by China include Dolakha, Gorkha, Darchula, Humla, Sindhupalchowk, Sankhuwasabha and Rasuwa.

According to Surveying and Mapping Department of Nepal, China has pushed international boundary 1,500 meters, pillar number 57 in the Korlang area in Dolakha, pillar number 35, 37 and 38 in Gorkha district and pillar no 62 in Nampa Bhanjyang in Solukhumbu.

At least 11 places falling under four Nepali districts are occupied, these districts are catchment areas of rivers, including areas of Bhagdare river in Humla, Karnali river, Sanjen river, and Lemde river in Rasuwa; Bhurjug river, Kharane river, and Jambu river in Sindhupalchowk, Bhotekoshi river and Samjug river in Sankhuwasabha; Kamkhola river and Arun river.

Human rights Commission has also reported that a portion of the Jiujiu Village of Darchula has been “occupied by China”.

The Nepali Congress Lawmakers alleged that the total of 98 boundary pillars along the 1414.88 km long border had been missing while several others have been shifted. They also moved a resolution in the house of representatives and ask Oli government to “restore the country’s territory.”


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