By Santosh Ghimire
New Delhi, July 21: Amid media reports of China’s encroachment on Nepalese territories, Nepal and China have agreed to jointly inspect their 1,414 km border, a government spokesperson has said here.
Sewa Lamshal, spokesman for Nepal’s foreign ministry, said the two sides agreed to deploy a joint team to border areas during a “border affairs consultation meeting” between the Nepalese and Chinese ministries of foreign affairs. Foreign Affairs held last week. virtually.
“The consultation meeting on border affairs was long overdue. Various issues related to border and border management were discussed. It was agreed that the joint inspection will start soon, where both sides will see many related aspects to border issues, including the status of border pillars,” the spokesperson said during a press briefing on Wednesday. She did not share specific dates on when the two sides will begin the joint inspection.
According to Spokesperson Lamshal, the two sides agreed to initiate the process of activating existing bilateral mechanisms through mutual consultations.
The consultation meeting, which has not been held since 2011, is one of the main border mechanisms between the two countries with a mandate to discuss issues relating to the border and border management.
The meeting comes a week after Nepalese daily Annapurna Post reported that the Chinese side had erected a fence at the Ruila border post of Chumanubri-1 Rural Municipality in Gorkha district without coordinating with the Nepalese side.
Earlier in February, the BBC published an in-depth report based on the Nepali government’s investigative report which accused China of encroaching on Nepal along the two countries’ common border.
The report was commissioned in September 2021 following allegations that China entered Nepal’s far western Humla district, according to the BBC.
The report had recommended that Nepalese security personnel be stationed in the area to ensure security.
According to the BBC, the report also suggested that Nepal and China should reactivate an inactive mechanism set up to resolve such border issues.
Following the report, however, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu categorically denied that there was any encroachment on Nepalese territories. The embassy, in its statement in February this year, said the two countries had resolved the border issue through friendly consultations as early as the 1960s.
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Nepal and China share the regulated border which has seen very little traffic and trade after the northern neighbor enforced various COVID-19 restrictions since December 2020.
During the recent border affairs consultation meeting, however, the two sides agreed to resume two-way traffic at the Rashuwagadhi-Kerung border post, which has remained largely closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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