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Civil Society Group In Nepal Protests Over China’s Land Encroachment Projects

A civil society group in Nepal has has reportedly started a protest against China for allegedly constructing buildings in Nepal’s territory in Humla district, according to local media reports today.

The activists and protesters chanted slogans such as Return Nepal’s land and stop Chinese expansionism, the report said.

According to local media reports in Nepal, China has allegedly constructed 11 buildings on the Nepalese territory in the Humla district bordering Tibet. The disputed area lies in Lampcha village of district’s Namkha Rural Municipality.

Beijing claims that the constructions were carried out on the Chinese side of the border.

According to news agency Press Trust of India, the local media reports also said that Pillar Number 11 that defined the Nepal-China boundary has been missing from the area.

“There was just a hut in the area in 2005, Dattaraj Hamal, assistant chief district officer of Humla who visited the disputed area recently, was quoted as saying by The Kathmandu Post.

Mr Hamal said: “I talked to the people there and reported to the chief district officer. He in turn reported the matter to the Home Ministry. He has now gone to the area as per the Home Ministry’s instructions.”

Chakka Bahadur Lama, a Member of Parliament from Humla, said that as long as both sides do not ascertain the location of the missing pillar, the dispute will continue.

On Tuesday, a Nepalese delegation led by Chief District Officer of Humla had reached the area to talk to Chinese officials, Nepal’s My Republica reported.

However, the Chinese security personnel turned them away saying that the land falls on the Chinese side of the border, the paper added.

During a meeting between the two sides in 2015, Nepal and China had agreed to ascertain the location of the missing pillar, but no steps were taken on the matter, the paper said, citing Paljor Tamang, chair of Ward No 6 of the rural municipality where the disputed area lies.

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