The two-day visit of Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou in Bhutan turned into a successful event. The Foreign Minister informed that the dispute of boundaries between the two countries has been sorted out with few agreements. Mr kong even invited Bhutan to join the list of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The visit of the Vice Foreign Minister ended on Tuesday.
Bhutan and China don’t breathe in the diplomatic relationship with each other but they have maintained the relationship with the periodic visit.
The purpose behind the visit of Chinese high-grade official to Bhutan surfaces to be a part of a new strategy to show their power and a healthy relationship between them.
Doklam plateau was the part of controversies last year. It is actually a plateau which shares its border with India, Bhutan and China. Last year in the month of June the Chinese military tried to lay down the road through the disputed area when Indian army stood against it. The standoff of military survived for around two months. It started in the month of June and ended in August.
The strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellany shared his words on this new agreement based relationship and said: “The timing of Chinese vice foreign minister’s surprise visit to Thimphu underscores Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in India’s backyard. Having quietly seized control of much of Doklam Plateau, which Bhutan regards as its own integral part, China is now mounting pressure on Bhutan to allow it to open an embassy in Thimphu. This kind of pressure is extraordinary. If Bhutan lets China open an embassy, it will represent a watershed moment in New Delhi-Thimphu relations.”(source:ht)
The Foreign Ministry of China confirmed that even India was part of the discussion concerning Doklam plateau.
The strategies are clear with the proposal given by China to Bhutan which offered 269 sq km of an area in the western sector to Bhutan in return of 100 square kilometres in Doklam. Thankfully Bhutan acted wisely and refused the deal.
China has never been faithful to any country. It turns its direction with the flow of wind. So no one can confidently utter the longevity of this new agreement.
A healthy relationship with the neighbouring country is a myth, not from today but this trend is fashioned from the ancient times. Let’s see for how long this agreement lasts.