External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj met with Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC ministerial meeting.
Last month, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place.
The Modi government must guard against ‘sleepwalking’ into conflict.
Bhutan may be a ‘small’ nation but it is as concerned about the sanctity of its territory and way of life as any other sovereign state.
“The Indian side admitted to entering the Chinese territory. The solution to this problem is very simple: conscientiously withdraw,” foreign minister Wang Yi was quoted saying.
The stand-off on a plateau next to Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbours, who share a 3,500 km frontier.
Today, as two Asian powers face off with Bhutan at the centre of this delicate situation, the outcome will show whether the Asian century has a chance to be a peaceful one, or whether it will replay the violence of the colonial period.
In its weekly press briefing the MEA was reluctant to answer whether Bhutan “formally” asked for India’s intervention before Indian soldiers crossed the border.
While India has been assertive in protecting interests it considers vital to its security posture in the region, New Delhi remain cagey when it comes to drawing lines on a map.
She also accused China of building roads using bulldozers and excavators, which has been protested by Bhutan in writing to China.
Despite support from the Bhutan king and others, elderly rural women tagged as ‘poison givers’ have a hard time convincing others not to treat them as outcaste.
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People in Bhutan seem to think it is time to resolve the dispute with China once and for all, without pandering to Indian interests.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction.
Saying too much about the boundary dispute might turn Bhutan into a punching bag for both its giant neighbours, says a Bhutanese editor.
China’s conditionality that Indian troops must withdraw first for any dialogue to start can be softened by employing the principle of simultaneity.
“Indian troops invaded China’s Doklam area in the name of helping Bhutan, but in fact the invasion was intended to help India by making use of Bhutan.”
If Narendra Modi takes the pressure off Bhutan and instead focuses on the legal arguments China is making, he will find he can resolve the Sino-Indian boundary quickly.
The Wire spoke to experts about whether a major border incident between the two countries was expected and how India should deal with the situation since it involves ally Bhutan.
China’s ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, said that the withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a ‘precondition’ for any resolution.
Jaitley, who responded to China’s reference to the war the two countries had fought 55 years ago asking India to learn from “historic lessons”, had said, “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different.”
India has a paltry water transportation system due to practical and policy difficulties, but trade with Bangladesh may open up avenues.
India has said that it is “deeply concerned at recent Chinese actions”, particularly its decision to construct a road in Doklam tri-junction in Bhutan.
The incident is significant since the India-China boundary in Sikkim is not disputed and both sides have taken pride in not allowing border incidents to affect other aspects of the bilateral relationship.
While the motorable road connecting Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan remains incomplete, the age-old foot route continues to ferry locals across the border.
Preparing for the 2018 elections, the Bhutan government has given in to internal opposition to the BBIN agreement.
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Bhutan is hoping to get a green light from the RBI next week on exchanging demonetised notes, while Nepal is still to start collecting the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
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The BBIN agreement is a diplomatic priority for Narendra Modi, who has pushed it to showcase that Pakistan’s intransigence has been the main roadblock to regional integration in South Asia.
While Bhutan has set a deadline for people to exchange their demonitised notes for smaller denominations, Nepal has banned all transactions in INR.
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The report shows that barring Pakistan, the rest of South Asia has also ranked well in implementing RTI laws with only Bhutan yet to enact one.
As literary festivals around the world become contested spaces, a Bhutanese writes about how the annual festival in Bhutan – Mountain Echoes – has become a site of learning, inspiration and deeper democratisation in the country.
Thimphu may have been the destination of Narendra Modi’s first foreign visit as prime minister, but events since then prove that India’s Bhutan policy is driven by ignorance. Case in point – the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement.
Bhutanese legislators are worried the BBIN plan may cause environmental trouble for their country and are carefully weighing the pros and cons of the road agreement.