The 130th Birth Anniversary of Communist Leader Mao Zedong coincided with the date when Dahal took oath as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Dahal considers Mao as his ideological father.
According to Epardafas, China’s belligerence has become more evident in Nepal after the November 20 Elections. This suggests that Nepal would be in the favour of Beijing’s South Asia Advance.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry in Kathmandu was the first foreign mission to congratulate him on his appointment. There have been several activities by the Chinese after the installation of the Dahal government.
On December 27, 2022, a Chinese team arrived in Nepal to conduct a detailed study of the Kathmandu Kerung Railway. This project is a part of the nine projects of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative in Nepal.
On December 26, 2022, the Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Mao Ning stated that as Nepal’s traditional friend and neighbour, China deeply values its relationship with Nepal.
He added that –“We are ready to work with the new Nepalese Government to expand and deepen the friendly exchange and cooperation across the board, pursue high-quality Belt and Road Cooperation, inject new impetus in the strategic cooperative partnership and everlasting friendship for development and prosperity and deliver more benefits for our two peoples.”
Even though the Dahal Led Communist government in Kathmandu is optimistic about Beijing’s support from economic prosperity, experts and senior economists are worried and express fear about the BRI.
They are worried as large-scale projects can push Nepal into a debt trap like Sri Lanka and undermine sovereignty in the long run. The world community and Nepalese are unaware of the magnitude of the problem
The media recently reported that China’s Salami Slicing strategy on Nepal’s northern borders has resulted in the encroachment of 36 hectares of Nepal’s land at 10 places on the northern border with China.
A study conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs has concluded that it is necessary to include border issues in the “state policy” of Nepal.
The PLA (Chinese Army) built a veterinary centre for animal husbandry in 2016, located in a Nepal District, but Nepal has not responded to this.