Students and other young people marched through the streets of Katmandu, Apr 20, in protest against China's territorial claim to Mount Everest.
GV. Demonstrators through main road.
SV. Girls carry Himalayan banner.
LV. Demonstrators in procession.
LV. Demonstrators assemble at gate of Government H.Q.
SCU. Mrs. Mangla Devi at gate.
LV. Demonstrators disperse.
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Background: Students and other young people marched through the streets of Katmandu, Apr 20, in protest against China's territorial claim to Mount Everest. Banner-carrying demonstrators, gathered outside the city's Government buildings, dispersed quietly when told that Prime Minister Koirala nor his senior colleagues were there to receive them.
Premier Koirala told the Press in Katmandu about China's claim, Apr 3, when he said he had discussed the matter with Chinese Premier, Chou En-lai, during his 12-day visit to Peking last March.
The Chinese argue that, until about 1950, all British expeditions to Everest - known in China by its Tibetan name, Chomolungma - had obtained permission to approach the summit from the authorities in Lhasa.
Nepal asserts that Sagarmatha - as they call the mountain - belongs to her. They also point out that China has never objected to Nepal's granting permission to foreign climbing expeditions,
There is no dispute that the southern slopes of Everest belong to Nepal, and the northern side to Tibet. The question of exactly where the frontier-line across the Everest range should lie is expected to be discussed again when Premier Chou En-lai visits Katmandu Apr 26.