Bhutan faces bor­der row with China

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

China has de­manded the with­drawal of In­dian troops from a scrap of dis­puted ter­ri­tory to end an es­ca­lat­ing bor­der row be­tween the two Asian pow­ers that has drawn in tiny Bhutan.

Bei­jing claims the In­dian troops are oc­cu­py­ing its soil, but both Bhutan and In­dia main­tain the area in ques­tion is Bhutanese ter­ri­tory.

An­a­lysts main­tain that an armed con­flict be­tween the two Asian pow­ers is un­likely, but say the harsh lan­guage and scale of the mo­bil­i­sa­tion in the re­mote but strate­gi­cally im­por­tant area, where the bor­ders of China, In­dia and Bhutan in­ter­sect, are un­prece­dented in re­cent years.

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