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Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin Meets with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan

2013-08-23 15:04

On Aug. 21, 2013, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met with Tshering Tobgay, the newly-appointed Prime Minister of Bhutan, in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Liu Zhenmin expressed that, China and Bhutan are traditionally friendly neighbours. Although the two countries have not yet established diplomatic relationship, bilateral relations have maintained a sound growth momentum. China respects the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bhutan, respects the development path chosen by Bhutan in line with its own national conditions, respects Bhutan's adherence to the independent foreign policy of peace. China is committed to strengthening the good-neighbourly and friendly relations with Bhutan and hopes to work with the new Bhutanese government, based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, to carry out exchanges and cooperation in all fields, to accelerate the process of boundary negotiations, so as to push forward bilateral relations to a higher level.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay expressed that China is a friendly neighbour of Bhutan. The boundary talks between the two countries have been fruitful and bilateral trade and personnel exchanges have been growing steadily. The new Bhutanese government attaches importance to relations with China and adheres to the One China policy. Bhutan is willing to work with China to maintain channels of communication between the two governments, to expand bilateral economic and trade cooperation, to strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs, to actively seek a solution to the border issues that is acceptable to both sides, in order to push for the further development of Bhutan-China relations.

On Aug. 22, Liu Zhenmin co-chaired the 21 Round of China-Bhutan Boundary Talks with Foreign Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje in Thimphu.

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