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Don’t be intimidated by China: India to Bhutan

Bhutan has conveyed to the Chinese side, both on the ground and through diplomatic channels, that the construction of a road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 5:51 am
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with her Bhutan counterpart Damcho Dorji on the sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers’ meet in Kathmandu on Friday. PTI

India told Bhutan “not to get intimidated” by Beijing’s angry rhetoric, while the neighbour asked Delhi to resolve the border stand-off with China amicably, sources at a multi-lateral gathering in Kathmandu said on Friday.The sources at a meeting of BIMSTEC nations told The Indian Express that these were the broad contours of the discussion between Indian and Bhutanese leaders and officials. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

Officials from both sides met on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC meeting and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji — the first minister-level meeting between India and Bhutan since the Doklam border stand-off started in June.The sources said the two sides discussed the Doklam row and exchanged notes on the “way forward”. Beijing has threatened escalation through its officials and through Chinese media. After the meeting, Bhutanese foreign minister Dorji said: “We hope the situation in Doklam will be resolved peacefully and amicably.” He did not get into specific details.

But the sources told The Indian Express that the Bhutanese foreign minister had shared the details of interactions and communications with Beijing over the last few weeks. Most of the interactions have happened between the Bhutanese and Chinese embassies in Delhi.

The sources said the Bhutanese side had expressed “its firm stand and determination” to stand up to the pressure mounted by Beijing. Bhutan has conveyed to the Chinese side, both on the ground and through diplomatic channels, that the construction of a road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries. Bhutan said it hoped the status quo in the Doklam area will be maintained as before June 16, 2017, sources said.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted on the BIMSTEC meeting and posted a picture from it. “Time with a close friend and neighbour. The external affairs minister meets with foreign minister of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers’ meet,” the tweet said.

Sudhakar Dalela, the joint secretary (north) in the ministry of external affairs, said the two sides have a “very close and unique partnership” and they had “wide ranging discussions”.

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    RK
    Aug 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    Lol omg you think the Bhutanese care about Doklam? What they care about is how over bearing India is. Bhutan has many times signaled it wants better relations with rich China. It's India which vetoes that. You should ask yourselves how the Bhutanese think of India knowing that Indian troops entered Bhutan without even a request for troops from Thimpu! You've completely twisted the facts.
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      Vikas Sharma
      Aug 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm
      India should put Royal Bhutanese Army on the forefront facing PLA and withdraw to the demarcated border as a backup force for RBA. Chinese won't be able to force their way in or perform any construction or building activity in disputed area. Forcing our way into disputed area between two different countries puts India in a awkward position. The consequences of a war, short-term war, skirmish will have long-term impact on the parties involved.
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        RK
        Aug 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm
        The Bhutanese don't care for the region. They even told China the region isn't Bhutanese, which angered India so Bhutan had to retract the statement. But your FM doesn't trust the Bhutanese. And despite many Indian attempts to elicit an anti-China statement from Bhutan, Bhutan still refuses to do so.
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        uyg
        Aug 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm
        The Chinese work 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week, Chinese men and women are all work,the actual work population of China is twice that India(because in India women rarely work)China land is not private can be at any time to demolition according to economic development needs, so China work efficiency is twice that of Europe and the USA, is 5 times India,China has 1.38 billion people which 90 percent is a Han nationality almost no race contradictions,India has more than 200 ethnic groups 100 religions 500 languages, Indian have Caste System race contradictions,Indians lazy, Indians IQ 82 (Chines IQ 106),India every day quarrel/parade/strike low efficiency, Modi modify GDP parameters otherwise growth rate Only 5.2 percent(20 years ago China's GDP compared to today India's is almost, but at that time China's GDP growth rate of amazing 15-20 percent)2016 to today China GDP growth rate 6.9 percent India 6.1 percent,In summary,INDIA never possible become China economic miracle!
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          Rajesh
          Aug 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm
          Now Iam worried about ur IQ dear !!!
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          1. Kutt S
            Aug 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm
            But Chinese still an utter failure in personnel life despite all the hard works. Sad.
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              vijayhemas
              Aug 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm
              you stupid uyg no language no stuff just writing whatever you thought, what is ur problem pakistani, first go to any english or attend some economic class, before writing this kind of mad words.
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                vijayan
                Aug 13, 2017 at 11:00 pm
                India is what you call economy. ..China with economy of 14 trillion and debt of 19 trillion is a debt ridden state of beggars . What indians are today are all of Indians ...what chinese are today are all debts. ...if a terrorist nation such as pakistan were to borrow 19 trillion it might also land up somewhere near to 8 to 9 trillion so shut your mouth for now....remember 1967 ...but your memory is as short as your brains ...you are the pain of asia..every country is fed up of you.. Your frustrations are because you know yoir economy is on the brink of bankrupcy in two years from now... China's growth rate 15 to 20 ...haha..joker..that shows how the chinese read economy..it time for you to open your eyes a little more ...hahaheehe
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                uyg
                Aug 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                Chinese IQ 106 (the first in world), the Chinese work 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week, the Chinese men and women are all work,the actual work population of China is twice that India(because in India women rarely work)in Chinese land is not private,can be at any time to demolition according to economic development needs, so the China work Efficiency is twice that of Europe and the United States, is India 5 times, China has 1.38 billion people which 90 percent is a Han nationality,Almost no race contradictions,India has more than 200 ethnic groups, more than 100 religions, more than 500 languages, in Indian have Caste System have race contradictions,Indians lazy, Indians IQ 82 (African average IQ 78), In addition India every day quarrel/parade/strike,low efficiency, Modi modify GDP parameters, otherwise 2014 and 2015 GDP growth rate Only 5.2 percent,2016 to today China GDP growth rate 6.9 percent India 6.1 percent,In summary,INDIA Never can to develop to China's economic miracle!
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                1. Kutt S
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm
                  Feeling so desperate to express Chinese perspective in Indian media ?? Do an introspection why Chinese have too much insecurities and the urge to prove itself as we are the best. The entire world view Chinese people as an inferior, psychotic people than anything else.
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                  uyg
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm
                  Chinese IQ 106 (the first in world), the Chinese work 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week, the Chinese men and women are all work,the actual work population of China is twice that India(because in India women rarely work)in Chinese land is not private,can be at any time to demolition according to economic development needs, so the China work Efficiency is twice that of Europe and the United States, is India 5 times, China has 1.38 billion people which 90 percent is a Han nationality,Almost no race contradictions,India has more than 200 ethnic groups, more than 100 religions, more than 500 languages, in Indian have Caste System have race contradictions,Indians lazy, Indians IQ 82 (African average IQ 78), In addition India every day quarrel/parade/strike,low efficiency, Modi modify GDP parameters, otherwise 2014 and 2015 GDP growth rate Only 5.2 percent,2016 to today China GDP growth rate 6.9 percent India 6.1 percent,In summary,INDIA Never can to develop to China's economic miracle!
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