Nepal’s opposition leader dares China to prove no encroachment

File: Jeevan Bahadur Shahi

Kathmandu, November 12

The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, leader Jeevan Bahadur Shahi has dared the Chinese government to show evidence that it has not encroached on any smallest piece of land belonging to Nepal.

Shahi issued a statement on Wednesday evening after Global Times, a paper published under China’s ruling party, blamed him for initiating an encroachment accusation against China.

Earlier, when the local government officials reported Chinese authorities constructing some buildings in Humla of Nepal, Shahi had launched an onsite investigation concluding the encroachment report was true. Both Chinese and Nepali governments, however, had refuted the report then.

In a recent interview with Onlinekhabar also, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, had dismissed the report saying, “There is some force trying to undermine China-Nepal friendship, sow discords between us, which deserves our vigilance.”

But, Shahi, the Congress parliamentary party leader in Karnali, said in his statement on Wednesday his claim about the border encroachment was not imaginary but fact-based.

He reiterated his demand that the government immediately take diplomatic initiatives to solve the issue.

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