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China, Bhutan discuss boundary dispute post-Doklam

By The Assam Tribune

BEIJING, July 24 - Post-Doklam, China and Bhutan have discussed their boundary dispute and reached �many agreements� during the visit of a senior Chinese minister to the Himalayan kingdom, the Chinese foreign ministry said today.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, accompanied by a high-level delegation, paid a two-day visit to Bhutan which ended today.

Kong also invited Bhutan to take part in Beijing�s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

China and Bhutan do not have diplomatic relations but maintain contacts through periodic visits by officials. This is the first time a senior Chinese official visited Thimphu since last year�s 73-day-long Doklam military standoff with India.

Bhutan had objected to China building a road in the area claimed by it. India had also opposed the road which is too close to the strategic and narrow Chicken�s Neck corridor linking India�s northeast.

During the visit of Kong, �the two sides exchanged views on China-Bhutan ties, and also the boundary issue, and reached many agreements,� Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a media briefing here. � PTI

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