China’s active presence in Nepal from past some years is happening due to one of the reasons, which is tensions on border between India and China. Increased force on the borderline is pushing China to grow its roots in India’s neighboring country, Nepal. As per the information given by sources of Intelligence agencies, China and Pakistan have increased their activities in Nepal. China is about to start a campaign called ‘One village One friend’ to cut down anti-China sentiments developing in the country. According to the sources, Chinese Embassy is also funding Nepal-China friendship society, the organization behind the campaign.
The details shared by sources is that, an individual from every village will get training about China’s contribution in Nepal, and then the individual will pass on the same knowledge to others. The motive is to make a China friendly environment all around. Chinese Embassy is behind funding one more organization, named ‘China study center’. The organization is told to prepare a study paper on Nepal car sector, and to keep a track of the kind of cars Nepali customers are buying from India, as per a news report. Alongside, Pakistan’s ISI officers have also become active in the country. Sources shared that ISI officers deployed in Pakistan Embassy are doing visits of local mosques and events, that can have a possibility to affect, the Muslim community in Nepal.
Indian defense expert and Veteran Lt Col Manoj K Channan, while talking to Eat News cleared China’s hidden ultimate aim behind this, by sharing his mind and said, ‘CCP has and President Xi Jinping have been reaching out to the smaller nations in the region to show that expansionism isn’t their intention; however, the actions of China if reviewed globally spell out a different story. These initiatives are to allay fears in the locals of Nepal to develop a pro-China support.’ On China’s funding decisions he said, ‘Chinese are known to fund various organizations, media, journalists, students with easy loans, funding to publish articles which support the Chinese politburo. Many organizations have complied such data in which the Chinese soft power has crept in and managed to sway public opinion.’
Nepal-China growing relationship is coming under India’s eye from recent two years, when President Xi Jinping visited Nepal. The strategic partnership is witnessing several developments that are been initiated by China’s side. No doubt, China is trying hard to get entry in SAARC and Nepal is consistently supporting the concept for making China, a member in a regional group. According to the information available, the administration of Nepal estimates that for about $1.021 billion per year, Nepalese migrant workers sent remittance to Nepal as nearly 1 million Nepalese migrant workers work in India until 2021, whereas Nepalese population in China is 3500 in mainland and 15,950 in Hong Kong, as for 2017. India is one of the biggest sources of providing employment to citizens of Nepal. Veteran Col Manoj said on China’s efforts to bring pro-China narrative in Nepal said, ‘It helps the Chinese to project their point of view while keeping the line of actual control active as per its requirements, with India. This is again to show the Nepalese administration that they have no quarrels with Nepal; while it continues to sway the public opinion towards the Chinese national interest.’
Meanwhile China is uprooting its interest in Nepal, intelligence sources are confirming that Pakistan is also on the way and has started taking steps. As per the information, Pakistan is coming forward to stable its position in country by doing several visits. ‘Pakistan/ISI has effectively been using Nepal as a conduit to infiltrate personnel who would be tasked to create mischief in the region, especially as the Indo-Nepal border is a porous one and there are no strict border crossing protocols. The Nepalese administration in the past has been keeping a strict watch on the activities of Pakistan nationals,’ said Veteran Col Manoj. Politically, Nepal and Pakistan share a cordial relation. Pakistan has been vocal for the democracy in Nepal and extended its support in the matter after successful People’s Movement -II.
There is also a possibility of sleeper cells in Nepal working with different names, says a report. To which Veteran Col Manoj admitted the statement and said, ‘Sleeper cells will be active and has been the modus-operandi in the past and future.’
China is setting a particular narrative of pro-China in neighboring country of India. It could be seen as a threat or the arise of problems for the country geographically, but according to defense expert Veteran Col Manoj, it is doubtful for India to worry. He said, ‘Not really as the Chinese lines of communication are through singular axis on the Nepal – Tibet/China border. Nepal is not likely to allow China to use its territory to destabilise the region as the supply chain to Nepal, a land locked country is through India. Sealing of the borders with Nepal in the past have caused severe hardship to the local people.’
A virtual event that was organized in 2020 for Nepal and China, sealed the deal to strengthen trans-Himalayan connectivity, is also a significant step taken by both the countries to strengthen their strategic bond. It evidently portrays that China is trying to get engage with Nepal thoroughly with this deal.
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