WASHINGTON: China’s recent aggression in India’s eastern Ladakh and claims for the real estate in Bhutan are indicative of its intentions, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, asserting that Beijing under President Xi Jinping is testing the world to see if anyone is going to stand up to its threats and bullying. Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in the LAC standoff in Ladakh since May 5 and the situation deteriorated following the Galwan clashes. China also recently staked claim over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan at the Global Environment Facility Council and opposed funding to the project. Pompeo, during a Congressional hearing on Thursday, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee “the actions are entirely consistent
BEIJING: China on Tuesday sought to defend its recent claims over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan, saying the boundary between the two countries is yet to be demarcated and it has proposed a "package solution" to resolve the border dispute. In a surprise move, China recently staked claim over the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and opposed funding to the project. Asked about China's claim over the sanctuary in Bhutan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here that the boundary between the two countries is yet to be demarcated. "China's position remains consistent and clear. The boundary between China and Bhutan has not been delimited and there are
NEW DELHI: Boundary between Bhutan-China is under negotiation and has not been demarcated, Royal Bhutanese Embassy in India has said. "24 rounds of ministerial-level boundary talks held, 25th round delayed due to Covid. All disputed areas to be discussed in next round, to be held as soon as mutually convenient," said Royal Bhutanese Embassy in India. This comes amid reports of Chinese claims over Sakteng wildlife sanctuary situated in Eastern Bhutan.
NEW DELHI:China’s fresh demand for Bhutan’s territory is part of Beijing’s larger drive to put coerce the Himalayan nation into a boundary deal on Beijing’s terms and put more pressure on India. On Saturday, the Chinese foreign ministry said the China-Bhutan boundary has never been delimited and there “have been disputes over the eastern, central and western sections for a long time”, cautioning “third party” (read India) to refrain from stepping into the breach. On June 29, China objected to Bhutan’s application for a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council for the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary situated in eastern Bhutan, saying it was “disputed” territory. Bhutan got the funds but China’s objection was seen as an attempt to