Wrong to blame China for India-Nepal dispute


Wrong to blame China for India-Nepal dispute



Context

  • Nepal’s new political map was a response to a public demand to uphold its sovereignty, according to Chinese Ambassador in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal’s territorial dispute with India at Kalapani should not be disturbed by “unilateral” action and those who said Nepal acted on behalf of China in fact intended to undermine China-Nepal ties.
  • This is a measure by the Nepali government to firmly safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity and comply with the public opinion.
  • Any so-called “Nepal at the behest of China” accusation is baseless and comes with ulterior motives.
  • Such accusations are not only an insult to the will of the independent country of Nepal, but also are endeavours directed at disruption of China-Nepal relations.
  • Reports about China acquiring territory from Nepal in the northern part of the country were created by “irresponsible media and individual groups” as the Nepal-China boundary was already demarcated “without any dispute”.
  • The envoy urged Nepal and India to resolve the territorial dispute at Kalapani.
  • China hope the two countries will resolve their differences properly through friendly consultations and refrain from taking any unilateral action that may complicate the situation.

New map

  • Nepal passed the new map in the Lower House of Parliament on June 13 and the Second Constitution Amendment, which gave constitutional guarantee to the map, completed the legislative process on June 18 with the authentication of the Bill by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
  • Indian Army chief General had said Nepal was working at the behest of a third country, hinting at Chinese support to Nepal’s territorial assertion in the Limpiyadhura-Kalapani-Lipulekh region.