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Bhutan seeks China’s help for a seat at UN high table

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Bhutan seeks China’s help for a seat at UN high table
The Prime Minister Thinley with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister (Picture courtesy : BBS)

Bhutan has sought China’s support for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the term 2013-14. This was revealed by the Bhutanese government after its leaders held border talks with a visiting Chinese delegation in Thimphu on Friday.

The Prime Minister Thinley with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister (Picture courtesy : BBS)

“The talks were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere,” the Bhutanese foreign ministry said in a statement. “It will provide the opportunity for the two nations to better understand each other’s positions, which will facilitate an early and just settlement of the boundary issues.”

The meeting discussed Bhutan’s aspiration to serve as a non-permanent member of UNSC, elections for which are scheduled for October this year, the Kuensel reports.

An eight-member Chinese delegation led by vice foreign minister Fu Ying participated in the border talks just six weeks after the two countries established diplomatic ties for the first time.

China is expected to bargain hard before helping Bhutan achieve its international ambitions in the form of a non-permanent seat at UNSC.

Beijing might ask Thimphu to reduce its dependence on India, and discourage any future visit by the Dalai Lama to the country.

Courtesy : Times of India

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