Nepal has announced the formation of a high-level committee to investigate the matter of Chinese occupation of its land. This committee will submit its report to the Deuba government on all border issues with China. The decision to form this committee was taken in the meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the official residence of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at Baluvatar. Soon after the military skirmish with India in Galwan last year, China occupied about 150 hectares of land in Nepal’s Humla.
Committee will study the disputed area
Nepal government spokesman Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said the committee would study problems related to the Nepal-China border, from Limi Lapcha in Humla district to Hilsa in Namkha rural municipality. China had built nine buildings in Humla last year after allegedly encroaching on Nepalese land. A government team led by the Chief District Officer has also conducted a study at the site.
Previous government report not yet public
Although the report of this team has not been made public, the then government led by former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dismissed reports of Chinese encroachment in Nepal’s territory. Then the Nepali Congress had opened a front against the government. Now Nepal is ruled by Nepali Congress. In such a situation, PM Deuba is preparing to get the whole matter investigated.
The officers of these departments are included in the committee.
Government spokesman and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Karki said the new committee would include officials from the Survey Department, Nepal Police, Armed Police and border experts. It will be formed under the coordination of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs. He said the committee would submit the report to the home ministry. However, no time limit has been fixed for the committee to submit its report.
Chinese media had told construction in their area
Chinese state media Global Times claimed that these buildings were built in a newly constructed village in Burang County, Tibet Autonomous Region of southwest China. The Global Times, quoting Burang County Foreign Relations Office director Becky, wrote that the military and local professional survey and mapping personnel carried out detailed mapping of the area before they began construction in May. This ensured that these buildings were constructed on the Chinese side.
Nepalese survey personnel told to be non-professional
The Global Times had also said that Nepal’s survey workers are less trained and unprofessional. That is why they are making mistakes in determining the limit. Pillar numbers 11 and 12 are located at a great distance from each other and at a very high altitude. Therefore, it is common to make mistakes while setting limits. Chances are the Nepali survey team made a technical error. The Chinese and Nepalese governments have conducted three joint border inspections after setting their borders and have had no problems.