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China rejects media reports it had seized territory from Nepal

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China has dismissed media reports that it had seized territory from Nepal as "completely unfounded" and "pure rumor".

The Chinese foreign ministry's spokesperson Wang Wenbin was reacting to a report published by the UK Daily Telegraph quoting Nepalese politicians as saying that Beijing had surreptitiously annexed more than 150 hectares on the Nepal-Tibet border, on the Nepalese side.

"I want to point out that the report is completely unfounded rumor," Wang said when asked to comment on the news report. The report "is not based on fact. It is a pure rumor," Wang repeated when he was pressed further for a response.

In October, Chinese media had denied similar reports that said China had encroached Nepalese land in the Humla district.

"The buildings that some in Nepal have accused China of encroaching on its land in Humla district falls within Chinese territory and is actually a newly-built village in Burang county in Ali, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region," the nationalist tabloid Global Times had said in a report on October 16.

The report had blamed India for "hyping" the incident and accused the Nepalese opposition of making the allegations at the behest of New Delhi.

"The main opposition Nepalese Congress, which has been hyping the incident, is considered as a pro-India force," the Global Times said.

"India actually has a long-running territorial dispute with Nepal. The Indian government included a disputed area with Nepal to its new territory map in 2019, triggering conflicts between the two countries. In response, Nepal published a new map, which included Kalapani and other areas into its territory," the GT report added.

Nepali politicians have accused the government of staying silent for fear of angering their most important trading partner. The Telegraph said that China has pursued a more aggressive foreign policy under President Xi Jinping whose signature Belt and Road projects aim to construct trade and transport links from the country across Asia and into Europe.

Nepal is currently ruled by the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which sees the Communist Party of China (CCP), as an ideological brother, The Telegraph reported. China also contributes to the majority of vital foreign direct investment into Nepal, which is one of Asia's poorest nations.

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