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China and Bhutan Hold 23rd Round of Talks on Boundary Issue

2015/08/27

From August 23 to 26, 2015, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin visited Bhutan to hold the 23rd round of talks on China-Bhutan boundary issue. He met with the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuk and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan, and held talks with Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji of Bhutan in a friendly and candid atmosphere.

Liu Zhenmin conveyed the kind greetings of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Bhutanese leaders and sincere congratulations of the Chinese government to the 4th King of Bhutan on his 60th birthday. Liu Zhenmin expressed that China-Bhutan relations have achieved rapid development in recent years. The Chinese side pays high attention to the traditional friendship with Bhutan, stands ready to work with the Bhutanese side to propel bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and welcomes the Bhutanese side to actively participate in the "Belt and Road" initiatives and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), so as to join hands to seek common development. The talks on China-Bhutan boundary issue have made positive progress and entered a new stage. The Chinese side is willing to, on the basis of boundary negotiations in the past 31 years and in accordance with the important consensus reached in the 22nd talks on boundary issue last year, continue to seek a fair, reasonable and comprehensive solution to the issue which is acceptable to both sides by means of amicable consultation, in a move to delimitate the boundary between the two countries at an early date.

The Bhutanese leaders asked Liu Zhenmin to convey their greetings and regards to the Chinese leaders, and expressed that although Bhutan and China have not formally established the diplomatic relations yet, the two countries enjoy a friendly relationship and increasingly close bilateral exchanges and cooperation. The two countries understand and support each other on international occasions, setting an example of harmonious co-existence between big and small countries. In recent years, exchanges between the two governments and peoples become more in-depth, wide-ranged and meaningful. The Bhutanese government adheres to the One China policy and is committed to deepening exchanges and cooperation with China. Bhutan highly appreciates China's willingness to share developmental experience and fruits with other countries and commitment to the world peace and prosperity, and welcomes the initiatives such as the "Belt and Road" and the AIIB proposed by the Chinese side. The Bhutanese side is satisfied with the positive progress in bilateral boundary negotiation in recent years, stands ready to deepen and implement the important consensus reached in the 22nd round of talks on boundary issue by the two countries, and continues to strive for a solution to the boundary issue acceptable to both sides at an early date in the spirit of amity, trust and accommodation of each other's concerns.

Both sides spoke positively of the previous joint survey on the disputed areas in the boundary between the two countries, and agreed to continue to safeguard the peace and tranquility in the border areas before the boundary issue is solved.

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