Kathmandu. The Government of Nepal has decided to form a committee on border issues with China in the northern Himalayan region of the country. The decision to form the committee was taken in a meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Wednesday at the official residence of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at Baluvatar. Government spokesman Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said the committee would study the 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.
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A government team led by the Chief District Officer has also conducted a study at the site. Although the team’s report has not been made public, the then government led by former prime minister KP Sharma Oli dismissed reports of Chinese encroachment into Nepal’s territory. 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.