Bhutan says status quo should be maintained on Doklam

In comments that can seen as a warning to China, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has said no side should do anything near the tri-junction point between India, China and Bhutan “unilaterally”. In an interview to The Hindu newspaper, Tshering said that as long as the status quo was maintained, “there will be peace and tranquility in the region”.

The comments point to alignment in the views of India and Bhutan on the military standoff between India and China in 2017 which was triggered by China trying to build a road on Bhutan’s Doklam plateau. The move was first objected by Bhutan and then by India.

Indian troops were then involved in a face-off with Chinese soldiers for 73 days before both sides withdrew. Tshering’s comments also show that attempts by China to draw Bhutan closer into its sphere of influence have not worked. Read More

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