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28 years on: China, Bhutan gain remarkable headway in border talks

2012-08-13 03:11:54 GMT2012-08-13 11:11:54(Beijing Time)

A Chinese delegation led by vice foreign minister Fu Ying hold talks with the Bhutanese minister-in-charge of foreign affairs Khandu Wangchuk,in Thimphu, August 10, 2012.

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

A visiting Chinese delegation led by vice foreign minister Fu Ying on Friday participated in the 20th round of border talks in Thimphu with the Bhutanese minister-in-charge of foreign affairs Khandu Wangchuk, who headed the Bhutanese delegation.

Fu said, China and Bhutan, linked by adjoining rivers and mountains as well as similar cultures, have maintained political engagement and witnessed steady growth of trade activities in recent years. The two neighbors have also deepened cross-cultural exchange and understanding and cooperated well in international affairs. China appreciates Bhutan’s stance on the one-China policy and is willing to seek common prosperity with Bhutan.

Fu added that since the first round of talks held 28 years ago, the border area have largely remained in peace. China would like to seek a reasonable and fair solution acceptable to both through bilateral negotiation, and make the border a bridge between the two peoples.

Khandu Wangchuk said Bhutan places great importance on its ties with China and will continue to boost bilateral trade, cultural and tourism relations. Bhutan will continue carrying out the one-China policy.

During the meeting, Wangchuk commended China for pursuing a good-neighborly foreign policy with all countries, whether they be big or small; and he said Bhutan will coordinate its stance with China on international issues.

Wangchuk also expressed hope that China and Bhutan will join hands and settle boundary issues at an early date to maintain peace and stability in the border region.

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