Digital Desk, New Delhi. China’s mouthpiece Global Times accused India of exercising long-standing extensive control and influence over Bhutan, which restricted Bhutan from developing foreign relations. Senior diplomatic officials of China and Bhutan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a three-stage roadmap to accelerate Bhutan-China border talks during a video conference on Thursday.
Bhutan is the only neighboring country that has not established diplomatic relations with China. Bhutan is located in the southern slopes of the Himalayas. With an area of 38,000 km and a population of less than 800,000, this small country lies between China and India.
The Global Times said Bhutan does not have diplomatic relations with China, nor has it established diplomatic relations with any other permanent member of the UN Security Council. that’s unusual. This is because India has exercised long-standing extensive control and influence over Bhutan, which has restricted it from developing foreign relations. The paper further said, completing the border talks with Bhutan should not have been so difficult. The problem lies in the country behind Bhutan – India, which has acted as a complicating factor. The Chinese mouthpiece said, we do not think New Delhi should express its stand. It is a matter between two sovereign countries to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. If India points fingers at it, it can only prove to the world that India is destroying the sovereignty of a weak and small country.
The Global Times said in an editorial that India should not say anything publicly, nor should it pressurize Bhutan or direct what Bhutan should do in its border talks with China. A demarcation line between China and Bhutan will delimit the territories of the two countries. If India considers how the demarcation has been decided, it will affect India’s national interest, prove that India has unreasonably extended its national interests to Bhutan’s territory, and that Bhutan is part of India’s China policy. Wants to convert to outpost. It is also a violation of the norms of international relations.
It further said, India is the largest and strongest power in South Asia. But it is time to end its old-fashioned control over Bhutan. India should also curb its desire to exert unusual influence on countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka. South Asian countries are keen on development. South Asian countries are keen to develop relations with China and have a right to do so.
The Global Times said, given the steps taken by these countries to strengthen economic and other ties with China, India should overcome narrow-minded geopolitical thinking and not imagine that China is encircling India. China has neither a military alliance nor special cooperation with any of those countries that targets India. India wants to increase its influence. For this, it must first be open-minded and not overly sensitive.
The Global Times said that it appears that China and Bhutan will sooner or later reach a boundary agreement and eventually move towards the establishment of diplomatic relations. It said, this is progress, which should take place between the two neighboring countries. If it stops, people will wonder if India has again put pressure on Bhutan and violated its sovereignty.