Nepal Remains Neutral as China-India Border Dispute Deepens

Nepalese Constituent Assembly Building Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Nepalese Constituent Assembly Building Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nepal said that the country won’t take a side in India-China Standoff.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahar , who also happens to be the Foreign Minister of the country, said that his country is not going to take a side in the current Doklan dispute between India and China.

Nepal wants a peaceful solution of the ongoing standoff between its two mighty neighbors. The Foreign Minister Mr. Bhadur said that his country urges India and China for a ‘peaceful diplomatic means’ to resolve the ongoing border crisis between the countries.

Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahar said to the press,  “Nepal will not get dragged into this or that side in the border dispute.”

China and India have been in a standoff at Doklam where both the countries have been facing off each other with their soldiers.  India has refused to pull back their soldiers from the area which China claims within its sovereignty.

China has urged India to withdraw all troops from the border. According to the Chinese narrative, India has to pull back its troops that have “illegally entered China” or else the country would defend its territory at all costs, Xinhua reported.

Nepal’s decision to stand to take no side is sure to upset the Indians as the latter country has been trying to influence its neighbors to stand behind its causes.

“Some media reports are attempting to drag us in favour of one or the other side, but I want to make it clear that we have not taken any side in this matter,” Foreign Minister Mahara said.

Meanwhile, a news went viral of Bhutan’s saying that the area of trilateral border stand-off belongs to China which later Bhutan rejected.

“A top Chinese diplomat Wang Wenli had claimed that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing through diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory,” Times of India reported.

“The Government of Bhutan on Thursday refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan’s territory,” the newspaper reported.

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