China Falls Short on Commitments to Nepal: Execution Lacks Adequacy

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 2nd April.
Despite having signed numerous agreements, China has not done much to support Nepal’s infrastructure development. Following the criticism of China’s policy by the mayor of Kathmandu, officials in the country’s northern bordering district have now also singled out China. China has begun building infrastructure in fifteen of Nepal’s neighboring districts. An agreement was reached to provide Rs 3000 crore for this purpose with the Government of Nepal. China has not used a single rupee under this five-year-old agreement as of yet.

In 2019 itself, the Chinese government inked a contract with the Ministries of Federal Affairs and Finance. This agreement mentions investing approximately Rs 3000 crore for the construction of infrastructure in 15 border districts of Nepal; however, China has not mentioned this agreement, even in spite of repeated correspondence from the Ministry of Finance and Federal Affairs. Neither a response nor an assurance is received.

Finance Minister Varshaman Pun responded to a question about it by saying that the Chinese ambassador will be contacted shortly and that investigations will be conducted in this area. However, Kamal Prasad Bhattarai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs, Department of Infrastructure Development, stated that it is unclear if China will carry out the agreement as of yet. Bhattarai claims that he has written twelve letters to the Chinese Embassy so far, but he has not heard back.

Furthermore, in these 15 Nepalese districts that border China, the Chinese government has inked a number of agreements for cooperation in the fields of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, solar energy, and road building. Anita Sah, a former Minister of federal affairs, claimed that China is not honoring its agreements or permitting other nations to work with it in those areas.

Anita Sah, who most recently oversaw this Ministry in the Prachanda administration, stated that the Chinese Ambassador would object if Bharat or any other western nation traveled to any area bordering China, even for a casual visit. China’s mercury is in the seventh sky if someone contributes to development work.

According to Sah, the government must take strong action to stop China’s dual policies. Because the agreement with China should be terminated if it does not live up to its obligations. Darchula, Bajhang, Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Mustang, Manang, Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha, Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, and Taplejung are among the districts of Nepal that border China.

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