Doklam standoff: The months long border dispute between India and China has ended and Bhutan has welcomed the development. But the border talks between China and Bhutan are unlikely to place as per schedule, according to Indian Express report. The diplomatic talks are very crucial as the border dispute between these countries is the main reason behind the Doklam conflict, IE reported today.
The talks between Beijing and Thimphu are normally held between June and August. But teh report says China has not called for this year’s round of negotiations. The lukewarm reaction from Chinese authorities indicates it is reluctant to publicly concede that its claims of sovereignty over the Doklam plateau have been disputed for several years, IE report says.
In a statement released Tuesday, its first in weeks, Bhutan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it welcomed “the disengagement by the two sides at the face-off site in the Doklam area”. “We hope this contributes to the maintenance of peace and tranquility and the status quo along the borders of Bhutan, China and India in keeping with the existing agreements between the respective countries,” it said.
Since 2010, a joint Bhutan-China technical commission has been engaged in verifying the border on-ground, in an effort to develop shared 1:100,000 scale maps, according to Indian Express report. This exercise would allow both the countries to agree on common landmarks. There has, however, been little forward movement on the substantial disagreements.