Chinese encroachment report not confirmed yet: Nepal

Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali during a press conference in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, September 23

The government of Nepal has clarified that media reports about China encroaching a land piece of Nepal in Humla district and constructing nine buildings there have not yet been confirmed.

In his regular press briefing, the government spokesperson Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who is also the minister for foreign affairs, on Wednesday, Gyawali said a team of bureaucrats had gone to the site to study the issue. He, however, suggested the reports could be false as similar reports about the same place had found to be false around four years ago.

Gyawali’s statement comes hours after the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu also clarified the buildings lied on the Chinese land.

Other decisions

Meanwhile, Gyawali also made public some other decisions of the cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. Some major decisions are as follows:

  • Nepal-China border point of Rasuwagadhi, which was blocked of late due to Chinese reluctance, has been opened for consignment supplies.
  • Sindhupalchok and Baglung districts, which were recently hit hard by floods and landslides, have been declared disaster emergency-hit areas. Now, the government will launch reconstruction projects in these districts utilising Rs 6 billion provided by the World Bank.
  • Frontline health workers and security personnel will get a Rs 2.5 million insurance for their contribution to the Covid-19 response.

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