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China and Bhutan Hold 24th Round of Talks on Boundary Issue

2016/08/15

On August 11, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin held the 24th round of talks on boundary issue with Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji of Bhutan in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on boundary issue and bilateral relations in a candid and friendly atmosphere.

Liu Zhenmin said that since the 23rd round of talks on boundary issue last year, China-Bhutan relations have maintained a sound development momentum with continuously expanding exchanges in tourism, sports, culture and other fields. China pays attention to developing good-neighborly friendship with Bhutan, and is willing to make joint efforts with Bhutan to boost cooperation and exchanges in various fields so as to bring greater benefit to the two peoples. With joint efforts, China-Bhutan boundary negotiations have achieved important progress in recent years and both countries have successfully completed the joint survey on the disputed areas in the boundary. China is willing to, on the basis of existing consensus, continuously push forward the negotiation process and strive for a comprehensive solution to the boundary issue that both sides can accept at an early date.

Lyonpo Damcho Dorji noted that Bhutan cherishes the friendly relations with China. Although Bhutan and China have not established diplomatic relations yet, it will not hold back the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. The Bhutanese side is willing to continue to deepen exchanges in such fields as tourism, religion, culture and agriculture and further lift the cooperation level with China. Bhutan attaches great importance to bilateral boundary issue and is willing to, on the basis of the joint survey and relevant consensus, continue to seek a solution to the boundary issue that is acceptable to both sides through amicable consultations.

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