Police in Nepal say a Tibetan protester who set himself on fire in Nepal's capital to protest against China has died at a hospital.

Police spokesman Keshav Adhikari says the man died Wednesday night, hours after he self-immolated. He says police are still trying to identify the man, who appeared to be about 21 years old. No one has claimed the body yet.

The man set himself on fire and chanted anti-China slogans in the Boudhanath area of Katmandu on Wednesday.

It marked the 101st time since 2009 that a Tibetan has self-immolated, according to the Tibetan exile government, based in India. The protesters are urging Beijing to allow greater religious freedom and the return from exile of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in India.