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Joint Press Release on the 10th Expert Group Meeting on China-Bhutan Boundary Issues

2021/04/09

From April 6 to 9, 2021, the 10th Expert Group Meeting on China-Bhutan Boundary Issues was held in Kunming City, China. The Chinese delegation was led by Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Hong Liang, and the Bhutanese delegation was led by Secretary for the International Boundary Cell, National Land Commission Letho Tobdhen Tangbi.

In the context of the close and friendly cooperative relations between China and Bhutan, the expert group meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. It held in-depth and fruitful discussions on boundary issues and discussed a roadmap to expedite the China-Bhutan Boundary Talks.

The two sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas before the final settlement of boundary issues.

Since the launch of China-Bhutan Boundary Talks in 1984, the two countries have signed the Guiding Principles on the Settlement of the Boundary Issues in 1988 and the Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility in the China-Bhutan border areas in 1998. These two agreements formed the basis of the China-Bhutan Boundary Talks.

The two sides agreed to hold the 25th Round of the China-Bhutan Boundary Talks and the 11th Expert Group Meeting on Boundary Issues at a mutually convenient time as soon as possible.

In a show of goodwill and friendship, the Chinese government donated anti-pandemic and medical supplies to support Bhutan's fight against COVID-19.

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