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China's 'new front' on Indo-Nepal border

October 26, 2009

Bipin Chand Agarwal,
Times of India
October 25, 2009
BAHRAICH -- The Chinese clamour over Arunachal
Pradesh has raised many eyebrows in India. Even
as the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Thailand on
Saturday was being looked at as an effort to cool
down the tension between the neighbouring
countries, the Dragon nation has opened another
anti-India front. This time in Nepal.

Silently but speedily China is spreading its
wings in the erstwhile Hindu kingdom, mainly to
unleash anti-India propaganda. Besides acquiring
some major construction projects in Nepal, the
Chinese are also making their presence felt by
opening language centres in Nepali cities on the
Indo-Nepal border. These centres are teaching
Chinese language. But, what raises suspicions on
Chinese intentions is the fact that these centres
are open only for Nepali citizens.

The surge in Chinese activities in the neighbour
country is a matter of concern for India which is
already fighting terrorism being pushed into the
country from Pakistan. It’s a known fact that
China often uses Nepal as a buffer state against
India. After the Indo-China war of 1962, the
Dragon country has made constant efforts to
increase its influence in Nepal. Though it did
not succeed much till Nepal was under the rule of
monarchy, the fall of monarchy and growing Maoist
grip over Nepal has given a fillip to Chinese plans.

A clear indicator of this is the construction of
Sikta barrage in Agaiya village of Banke district
(Nepal). Its construction was delayed for almost
three decades owing to Indian protest. But, once
Maoists held sway over the Nepali government, the
construction was given a go-ahead in 2006.
Moreover, the contract for the project was given
to Chinese firm — Sinehydro. In fact, a team of
40 Chinese engineers is engaged in the
construction of the Sikta barrage in Agaiya
district of Nepal. The district touches the
Indian district of Shravasti. The distance from
Indian border to the barrage is barely 14
kilometres. The possibility of Chinese
infiltration in important zones of war on Indian
border areas due to the presence of Chinese engineers cannot be ruled out.

Also, after the completion of the barrage the
flow of river Rapti towards India will be
diverted towards Nepal which will create acute
water shortage in Indian area. Efforts have also
been started to divert the flow of rivers flowing
towards Indian area from Parchu lake located in
Chinese area adjoining the state which may lead
to floods in the borders districts of India during monsoon.

Not only this, if the and Sikta barrage ever
breaks down due to technical reasons it will
severely impact the security arrangements made on
the India border. China, thus, seems to be
working on these two projects under well-planned policy to tease India.

Similarly, China has established the office of
‘Maitri Sangh’ in Nepal adjoining Indian border territory.

Meanwhile, a 10-member team comprising five
Chinese and five Tibetan national recently
visited Nepalganj headquarters of Banke district
(Nepal). The team toured the Indo-Nepal border
and secretly clicked photographs of the Rupaidiha
main gate located on Indo-Nepal border.

The Indian intelligence agencies, however, learnt
about this when the team had already left for Kathmandu.

Assistant army Nayak Devendra of Shashtra Seema
Bal (SSB), when contacted, told TOI that he will
report the incident to his senior officers.
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