Chinese encroachment in Nepal evokes massive protests led by students

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Protest against China is gaining strength and momentum in Nepal over encroachment of land by the Chinese.

Locals protest in Nepal with posters of 'China back off'.

Protest against China is gaining strength and momentum in Nepal over encroachment of land by the Chinese. Massive protests are being held in Nepal against the Chinese encroachment. A large number of students hit the roads in Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Monday shouting slogans and displaying placards outside the Chinese embassy.

According to a report published in the Economic Times, more such protests have been planned by various groups in Nepal over the Chinese capture of Nepalese land in the border areas. Earlier, China encroached upon border areas in the Humla district of Nepal.

China has constructed buildings in some of the villages after illegally occupying the areas. A key delineator, Pillar Number-11 that defined Nepal’s border with the Chinese has been missing from Humla.

The protest has a deepened the political crisis in Nepal. The protestors, who have carried placards and posters saying “Return Nepal’s land” and “Stop Chinese expansionism”, have found support from the Opposition Nepali Congress (NC). The ruling Napal Communist Party (NCP) has interestingly denied China occupying Nepalese land.

The ruling party’s position is in sharp contrast with the government reports. In June this year, a Nepal government report said China is encroaching Nepal’s land using road construction in Tibet as an excuse.

The agriculture ministry of Nepal had then said China encroached over 30 hectares of land at 10 places and that the Chinese have been diverting the flow of rivers in the border areas to maximize their illegal territorial expansion in Nepal.

The Chinese occupation of the Nepalese land was found during an inspection in the Humla district in late-August and early September by the local district officials. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was found to be occupying areas in a rural municipality of the Humla district.

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