China wants to see India, Bhutan ‘developing normal relations’

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Just a day after President Ram Nath Kovind praised visiting the Bhutanese king in New Delhi for the kingdom’s support during the Doklam standoff, China on Thursday said that it stood for “normal ties” between India and China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said to media that both India and Bhutan are China’s close neighbors. “We are committed to develop friendly relations with these two countries and also we would like to see India and Bhutan developing normal relations,” said Chunying.

Commenting about Kovind praising Bhutan’s support in resolving the Doklam incident, Hua said that “You mentioned about the Indian border troops trespassing incident from June to August. We have talked about our position many times before. I believe we are also clear about that”. “We believe that China and India had properly settled this issue through diplomatic means. Consistent with our common interest, we hope India could follow the historical conventions and work with China to ensure the peace tranquillity of the border area,” she added. The President Kovind, in his meet with King Wangchuck, shared his deep appreciation for Bhutan’s support in solving the late stand-off with China at Doklam.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said that in the manner India and Bhutan stood together to address the situation in Doklam “is a clear testimony to our friendship”. The India’s standoff went for 73-day extended period in Doklam, which concluded on August 28 when both sides reached an understanding on a quick “disengagement” of border staffs.

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