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Leaked Report Claims China Encroaching Along Nepal Border

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Nepal claims that China has encroached into its territory in the district of Humla in far west of the country, claims a report published by BBC on Monday.

According to the BBC, the report was commissioned last September by the Nepal Government, however remained unpublished due to unknown reasons.

The report leaked to BBC claims that the Nepalese government had send a task force, consisting of representatives from the police and government, to Humla after reports of possible Chinese encroachment. Some claimed China had built a series of buildings on the Nepalese side of the border.

The report adds, the group found that surveillance activities by Chinese security forces had restricted religious activities on the Nepalese side of the border in a place called Lalungjong.

China’s embassy in Kathmandu denies there has been any encroachment.

Following the publication of the leaked report, Nepalese Communications Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said any border issues with its neighbors would be dealt with diplomatically.

“Either with India or with China, if there are any issues at our border we will resolve them through diplomatic means.

“Such problems should not arise and the Nepal government will always make efforts to prevent such situations,” he told a regular news briefing in Kathmandu.

Nepal and China share a common border of nearly 1,400 km (870 miles) along the Himalayan mountains. It was laid out in a series of treaties signed between the two countries in the early 1960s.

(With inputs from agencies)

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