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Bhutan-China border talks deal not to involve Trijunction with India

The Bhutan-China bilateral ‘three-step roadmap’ that aims to expedite negotiations to settle the festering boundary dispute between the two countries will not cover the India-Bhutan-China trijunction, people aware of the matter said. As per a 2012 understanding between India and China, any trijunction will only be resolved in consultation with all three countries concerned, they said. The India-China-Bhutan trijunction near Doklam was in the spotlight in 2017 when the Indian Army challenged PLA when it started constructing a road in Doklam region.

The troops withdrew after a 70-day impasse ahead of the BRICS Summit hosted by China in Xiamen. The three-step roadmap between Bhutan and China is a bilateral arrangement and it will not cover trijunctions, ET has reliably gathered. With this deal, Bhutan hopes to expedite negotiations to settle boundary disputes as it feels that delay in settling the dispute is resulting in loss of its territory every year to China due to PLA’s alleged transgressions.

While the earlier goal was reportedly to prolong negotiations, the Bhutanese leadership has now decided to expedite talks to settle the boundary dispute.

Bhutan and China entered an agreements in 1988 and then in 1998 on the maintenance of peace, tranquillity and status quo along their border. The three-step roadmap would press China to abide by these pacts and ensure that there is no unilateral change in status quo, one of the above-mentioned sources said.

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