Beijing: Post-Doklam, China and Bhutan have discussed their boundary dispute and reached “many agreements” during the visit of a senior Chinese minister to the Himalayan kingdom, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, accompanied by a high-level delegation, paid a two-day visit to Bhutan which ended on Tuesday. Kong also invited Bhutan to take part in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
China and Bhutan do not have diplomatic relations but maintain contacts through periodic visits by officials. This is the first time a senior Chinese official visited Thimphu since last year’s 73-day-long Doklam military stand-off with India. Bhutan said although they do not have diplomatic relations, the traditional friendship between the two was a good example for countries large and small getting along with each other, the Chinese press release said. Bhutan had objected to China building a road in the Doklam area, a part of which is claimed by it. Later, it had sought Indian intervention, leading to a logjam.