外文标题：India treats Bhutan as its protectorate: Chinese expert
BEIJING: An expert with a Chinese government-controlled thinktank has accused India of interfering in Bhutan's elections that resulted in the toppling of the ruling party. The expert said in an article published by Beijing-based Global Times that India wants to control the "buffer state" out of a fear of Chinese aggression.
"As a country located between China and India, Bhutan serves as a buffer and is of critical strategic importance to the Siliguri Corridor, a narrow stretch of land that connects India's northeastern states to the rest of India," wrote Liu Zongyi, a researcher at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies.
"The corridor is considered a vulnerable bottleneck for India's national security . Delhi worries that China will send troops to the corridor if a Sino-Indian military clash breaks out," he wrote in the Global Times which is known to take a harsh stance on New Delhi.
The article said India treats Bhutan as its "protectorate" and controls its economic lifeline. It said Indian officials play politics with petroleum subsidy to influence the elections to bring about a victory for the main opposition People's Democratic Party.
China is upset because the election has robbed Beijing of an opportunity to extend its market and reach closer to the Indian border as it is doing with Myanmar and Nepal, sources said. The outgoing Peace and Prosperity Party had tried to enhance its relationship with China and resolve border problems between the two countries.
The article suggested that the sovereignty of Bhutan's royal family and the political elite as also its democracy was at risk because of India's influence.
"India won't allow Bhutan to freely engage in diplomacy with China and solve the border issue," it said. "India's interference in Bhutan's election is a tragedy for Thimphu. Bhutan is still firmly under Indian control," it added.
When others are involved, India jumps up and down like monkeys, when India does it, its ok. Double standards at work.
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Sad for Bhutanese people. It is understandable that India may not be happy Bhutan makes a very close tie with China, but India definitely should not oppose any moves that Bhutan made for her own long-term interest. India can stop Bhutanese people one or two times, but cannot stop them forever.
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Ran (Hyderabad) replies to hornymoon
Yep think twice before going in chinese way ex : Porkistan, North Korea, Burma,iran, Syria etc Chinese never supports other if they are not getting anything.
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China wants to make Bhutan into a Pakistan
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The Chinese spokesperson says India does this due to the fear of Chinese aggression... indirectly acknowledging the fact that such a thing exists...
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Arvind Kumar (Patna)
China believes in annexing- like it did to Tibet! Bhutan is free to be annexed if it so desires..already they claim It to be part of Tibet in many documents.
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Mohanlal Karunakaran ()
The message from China is not good for India.Have an alliance likemined coutries like US,Japan,Vietnam etc and prepared for the worst.
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S Ghosh (Bhubaneswar)
Well done India.
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Yang DaWei (Chengdu, China)
China will respect the right of free choice of bhutan. China would not allow India to complete control of bhutan.
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taruns1008 (Location) replies to Yang
what about chinese control over Tibet so ..don't interfere. India just helping a country which are economically in very bad condition. yes its also our interest bcoz of some security concern. you just forget what china did with tibet???
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Yang DaWei replies to taruns1008
YOU gays could try China's bottom line if oneday you military occupy Bhutan.I can sure china will Immediately military interference and it may break a war between India and china.
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The problem with Chinese policy is that it considered all the territory as its: integral part which ever had a majority population who look like ethinic Chinese forget about other criteria just look a like is enough to push this stupid policy. So they must understand new world order had changed and plz respect this .
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yes as china treat Tibet as its protectorate.....
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Shinto James (Mumbai)
first chineese give freedom to their own people...then think other countries matters...dont itch others @ss...