原文标题：China’s coziness with Bhutan rings security alarm for India
NEW DELHI: India confronts a new strategic situation in its neighborhood as its staunchest ally Bhutan prepares to establish full diplomatic ties with China. Until now, Bhutan had been the only South Asian country where China did not have a presence. That is about to change.
After a surprise meeting between Bhutanese PM, Jigme Y Thinley and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, the two countries reportedly discussed ways to resolve their border dispute. While Bhutan and China have had a long dialogue on the border dispute, India would be interested in the contours of any resolution as it would have huge implications for its strategic calculations in the region.
Chinese media quoted Wen as saying, “China is willing… to establish formal relations with Bhutan, resolve the border issue between the two nations at an early date, strengthen exchanges in all areas and advance Sino-Bhutanese relations to a new stage.” Wen told Thinley that China respects Bhutan’s choice for its developmental path according to its own national conditions. Thinley reiterated Bhutan’s stand on a One-China policy.
However, there was no corresponding confirmation from Bhutan. Sources said Thimphu had clarified to New Delhi that they had not given any commitment to Beijing yet. But the Rio meeting was not accidental since a special Chinese envoy had been sent to Thimphu recently for talks with the Bhutanese government. But as Indian officials said, it’s not as if Bhutan and China have no ties — the Chinese ambassador, for instance, was invited for both the coronation of the young king as well as the royal wedding last year.
India has huge economic and security stakes in Bhutan, and is its closest neighbour. But India’s strategic policymakers have anticipated Bhutan’s shift in stance. Long used to being its window to the world, New Delhi now has to get accustomed to the fact that a new Bhutan is on the rise and will make choices apart from India. After the king devolved power to a democratic system, the elected government has taken several steps to diversify from Bhutan’s almost complete dependence on India. India will have to take a more mature approach to Bhutan wanting to spread its wings, if it doesn’t want to antagonize its closest neighbour.
Bhutan is vital to India’s security calculus not only vis-a-vis China, but also in tackling some of the north-east insurgent groups like its crackdown on the ULFA groups in 2004. Bhutan’s position in the Chumbi Valley, the tri-junction with India and China, makes its border resolution decisions key from a security point of view for India.
Sources said that some time ago the Chinese had offered some of the northern grazing grounds to the then king to settle a border dispute — China and Bhutan share a 500-km border. But Bhutan was unwilling to give the Chinese what they wanted — some of the key ridges in the tri-junction area. India controls all the ridges in that area giving it an edge, but possible Bhutanese concessions to China could affect that situation.
Japan has announced it will open its diplomatic mission in Bhutan by 2014, a commitment given to the young royal couple, when they visited Japan in November. Bhutan’s sovereign investment institution is wooing FDI in data centre related businesses, renewable energy, organic farming as well as alternative building materials to reduce dependence on timber for construction. Bhutan is also pitching itself as the least corrupt country in South Asia, which is a big draw for foreign investors. China is also an attractive source of investment for the Himalayan nation, and most Indian officials are unhappily aware that Beijing can secure a quick advantage over India with its obvious strengths.
only way to save india from china is to start a secret program. We will secretly send lotz of biharis to marry chinese girls. Offspring of those bihari father n chinese moms will be called “bichi”. Bichis will work as Indian agent n sabotage all chinese plans.
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SAM THE MAN FROM PAKISTAN (canada) 21 hrs ago
India is like a pity thief,who has stolen every neibhours land and now cannot sleep at night worring what neibhours are doing……GAY HIND
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Proud Indian (Chennai) 21 hrs ago
All our neighbors have abandoned us and joined hands with China. Now Bhutan also has gone, We are standing like a half naked fakir impotent in front of the handsome play boy China, who takes away all beautiful girls:)
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Vijayendra Kumar (Washington DC) replies to Proud Indian 21 hrs ago
You ant be serious. It is because of people like you India is in such sorry state. You may want to migrate to China and live inan authoritarian paradise.
Ind (India) 21 hrs ago
India must improve its diplomatic ties with Phillippines and Mongolia.
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Brown American (USA)
India is Paranoid. It is a welcome sign that China and Bhuttan are developing relationship. How is it against India?
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RAMAN (NASIK) replies to Brown American 20 hrs ago
If India or America or Japan wants to develop same kind of relationship with Vietnam, S.Korea,and all small countries which are having territorial (land/water) disputes with china then why the yellow skined chinise cry?
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Srini (India) 21 hrs ago
Coziness to other country doesn’t mean hostile to you. Bhutan can be friend to both India and China. They don’t want hostile neighbours on its either side. Its ok, unless they support china against india.
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Hari Haran (Kollam)
Antony got a loop hole to buy more war planes !!!
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Manoj Kumar (Delhi) 21 hrs ago
Stupid news. How can India prevent an independent country from having relations with some other independent country????? India should have better relations with China; India should therefore volunteer to help China in solving its dispute with Bhutan. The world is changing, but the media is still sleeping. There are some vested interest who don’t want India to have better relation with China.
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Bpr (hyd) 21 hrs ago
Do not wake me up… I am still sleeping…
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Oscar (Miami, FL) 21 hrs ago
India can not compete with China. It is absurd. India should take care of its poor, destitute, HIV infected, Shudras. Forget about competing with China.
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Surya (Delhi) 21 hrs ago
Instead of wasting 10 billion dollar of Indian tax payer money on Eurozone, invest 2 billion dollar in Bhutan. That will give more edge. Brainless government.
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Birds of same feathers flock together & we should have this in our consideration in respect of China & Bhutan.
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Proud Indian (Chennai) replies to zeyaalam 20 hrs ago
Our SAARC neighbors think, India is a disease of the subcontinent and the cure is China. Very soon, they will form a federation under Chinese leadership with single currency monetary union. If that happens, we will disintegrate and many states will join with China. period.
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707MahaDev (New Delhi)
India’s foreign policy donot believe in good neighbor policy…..Very Very poor forsighted policy.
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Surajit Sarkar (Assam) replies to 707MahaDev
and china is taking advantage of this bigtime !
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bala srinivasan (saginaw.mi.USA) 20 hrs ago
Like all countries Bhutan has the rights to establish diplomatic contacts with outside world.INDIA on its part will become more vigilant&pragmatic in its concerns&calculation otherwise it has no one but itself to blame.Let us not repeat the same mistake as we did 65yrs ago.
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Pratul Birla (Kolkata)
I do not see a cause for concern. After what China has done to Tibet , every country will be wary of China while developing its relationship with that country.
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donkey (delhi) 20 hrs ago
Every country has the right to be friendly with any other country …… but when china befriends any of our neighbours …… TOI starts a hue and cry ??? is it negative mindset ??? or fear of china ??? fear makes home in the minds of the people who do wrong. so why should we fear ?? think positive but dont drop your guard either.
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Dr. Ranajit Sarkar (Delhi) 20 hrs ago
Simple politics: Since India has emerged stronger than China militarily they (India) are getting Bhutan to open up a little. China can do nothing to our brother Bhutan as their are Indian nuclear weapons and troops in Bhutan. great diplomacy by India. China is insecure in India, India is not.
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai)
India must annex Bhutan,the way Indira Gandhi Annexed Sikkim in 1974.And merge it with India.
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Trendy (USA) replies to Mahesh Ved 19 hrs ago
Then I guess China will annex India this time. Are you ready for that Mr. “Stinky-Ass” Darkie???
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Patriotic Indian (Pune) 20 hrs ago
I was living in China for almost 7 years. China is at least 15 years ahead of India in terms of infrastructure and technology. They are buiting bullet train track faster than any country in the world but we are not able to control accidents which is massive cause of death. Take the example of meterological department of India which even could not predict arrival of monsoon but the prediction of rain is accurate in China and they also master in artificial rain technology. We Indian are just master in talking. All the neighbouring countries and world have realized this this and it has resulted in strong ties with China. If we do not improve ourself in coming time our grave will be for sure.
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Sumit (London ) 20 hrs ago
Bhutan is India’s best ally. It allowed India to enter its borders and destroy terrorist camps, Indian govt must have done something to bother them
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DG (USA) 20 hrs ago
In order to stay ahead in the political game, India needs to focus on the complaints of discrimination by the people of North East India who happens to have more Mongoloid feature. It is a shame that when people from NE travels to other parts of India, they often face questions like which country you are from. India needs to integrate NE into both political and economic structure. It would not be a bad idea to elect a President or Prime Minister from NE region in near future.
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Anil Misquith (UAE)
like us Bhutan is also their neighboring country … is we can not maintain a good relationship with our neighbors then its our fault !!
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Sivam (Lucknow) 20 hrs ago
The Chinese and Bhutanese have always have a special relationship. Both people have known Bhutan as the land of the thunder dragon. I recently went to Malaysia and they have Bhutan tourism posters meant for the Chinese Malaysians. Even to them, Bhutan is the land of thunder dragon just as the Bhutanese have known it. Chinese and Bhutanese are more culturally close, however they are not “politically” similar with Red China. Just like Tibetans, they can relate better with Republic of China but not with People’s Republic of China. Having said that, over-reaction just because Bhutanese chose to have friendly relations with their other neighbour, makes us look like a jealous insecure friend. Bhutanese didn’t say they don’t want to be friends with us anymore. So… we better grow up.
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Maj. R.S. Sandhu (Chandigarh) 20 hrs ago
Now we are confident China must allow an Indian consulate in Tibet. They should not be scared. There are nuclear weapons and AGNI missiles all over Bhutan. Thus China can do nothing to Bhutan.
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karan sharma (India)
china’s greed is unstoppable…..Its a risk to India…but who cares our politicians are busy in other important things…
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Haridas Pal (USA) 20 hrs ago
It is high time that India establishes full diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognizes that country as a sovereign independent nation. The Indian prime minister should pay a diplomatic visit to open an embassy there, followed by recognition of Tibet as an independent country occupied by China. Indian maps need to depict Tibet as a separate country. Two can play this game.
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K Joshi (Mumbai) 19 hrs ago
Present day politicians are the Biggest threat to India, China is not.
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raj (India) 19 hrs ago
Modi please come soon and save the nation.
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syamal (usa) 19 hrs ago
INDIA think , it is econmically as sound as china and all the neighboring countries should listen to her but to utter dismay no neighboring country listen to her rather despise her. It can’t feed its own people fprget about education or health care or housing. Give a chance most of the North East states will secede from India, you go to Arunachal Pradesh border with China, beautiful roads on the chinese side, well lighted and beautiful houses and on Indian side ramshackle house, no roads, only tranport is mule drawn carriages and India think everyone should listen to her, what a hogwash.
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In today’s world, no one can be trusted. Bhutan has long lived in India’s shadow, but you can’t blame them for stepping out and exploring other avenues of trade and political ties.
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Indian (India) 19 hrs ago
Thanks to Congress, 70% of Indians are Poor, Why would Bhutan stick to India. How can India help Bhutan? China is richer than India and it can give more Financial Aid to Bhutan than India.
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Though there is nothing wrong in Sino-Bhutan dialogue, India should always stand by and help its all weather relationship with Bhutan
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Sooner or later, China and Bhutan will unite. After all they are the same mongoloid race, all those with straight hair, dark eyes, high chick bones and from dark brown to yellowish skin are all mongoloids, descendents of Canaan. Canaan has a very bad historical attitude of encroaching on other people’s lands of biblical proportions. The Sick Man of Asia cannot be trusted. He will make U sick.
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Pradeep Mishra (Delhi Capital Region)
India needs to have a strong presence in border areas with both china and Pakistan. China is no enemy of India when we didn’t had war for past 5000 years we would not have war even now. The only war we had with china was due to Nehru’s fault. He shouldn’t have removed the Indian forces from the china border. Due to his stupidity India lost several lack square miles of land and a one of most secret places to Hindus.
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Ringa (BLR) 18 hrs ago
What Indian can give toe North East people except scams, poverty. Indian has tendency of hatred, loot and pushing our own people behind. PA Sanghma contesting for President but nobody supporting him. Making PA Sangham President of India good attack on CHINESE strategey for next 5yrs. NE region is still undeveloped no infra, no connectivy… If they unite with CHINA then Magnet train will reach to tribal areas and they will enjoy train which run 350KM/HRS. Lets not regret as Indian people do not deserve anything. CHINA is much more powerfull financially and defence, technology wise. Why Norht east, Bhutan, BUMRA will align with India.
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Muneer (uae) replies to Ringa 17 hrs ago
You are an expert in day-dreaming.
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Ricardo (Chennai) 18 hrs ago
Now who is the ally for india now please don’t tell it’s u.s.a … it will be the joke of the year
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Black Cobra (Peshawar) 17 hrs ago
Chinese are the people who look centuries ahead where as Indians are duffers of highest order, Chinese reached warm waters without even losing a single drop of blood while USSR disintegrated to obtain the same goal. Indians helped create Bangladesh with celebrations not knowing their this achievement will bring them under the thick cloud of Pakistani nukes. Pakistan settled all border issues with China, Iran and Afghanistan while India created border disputes with neighbors and went to wars. Now Indians must be prepared for Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar as its China supported enemies, exactly like Pakistan. Soon China will be the number 1 super power of the world.
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Devarya Mishra (Patna, Bihar) replies to Black
Wait for the day India gets a good leader. Anyways India is 1000 times in much better condition than Porkis.
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Manish Vaid (Miami) replies to Black Cobra
It already is no. 1 n india is sitting like a dead duck!!!
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Indian (Kolkata) replies to Black Cobra 17 hrs ago
How can you comment on a country that are aeons ahead of you in economic infrastructue. You steal your tech knowhow from shrewd Chinese. My sugggestion is look into your backyard and ask your leaders to solve internal problems.
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bangads (usa) replies to Black Cobra 17 hrs ago
typical pakistani wisdom has its own conclusion, quite different.
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Raj (USA) 16 hrs ago
Time to liberate Tibet and East Turkistan from huns. Half of the china is disputed terroritory. India and US should work together in dismembering china.
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