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China, Bhutan discuss boundary dispute

Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou.

Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou.  

Minister makes first post-Doklam visit

China and Bhutan have discussed their boundary dispute and reached many agreements during a two-day visit of Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Mr. Kong also invited Bhutan to take part in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during the visit, which ended on Tuesday.

The two countries do not have diplomatic relations but maintain contacts through periodic visits by officials.

This is the first time a senior Chinese official has visited Thimphu since last year’s Doklam military stand-off with India.

A press release issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on the visit said that he stated during his talks that the two sides should continue to push forward the border negotiations; abide by the principled consensus reached; jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas; and create positive conditions for the final settlement of the border issue between the two.

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