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BHUTAN MUST DIS-INVITE INDIAN TROOPS FROM DONGLANG AND INVITE INDIAN DIPLOMATS [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2017-8-18 13:24:07 |Display all floors
The key to unlock the Donglang Crisis is Bhutan, which tacitly allowed it to happen, in the first place.
By allowing Indian forces to occupy land that belongs to China in Donglang, Bhutan has a moral and financial obligation to make China whole, one way or another.  Bhutan can choose to dis-invite the Indian forces, or China can choose to occupy a part of Bhutan as replacement for the area that was invaded by India, which had no ownership or sovereignty of Donglang.  The former course leads to peace and future negotiations.  The latter course leads to further buildup of troops and planes, which eventually will be used to secure China's rights by force, since India refused to give up Donglang by force of China's sovereignty rights.

In fact, China can occupy a larger area, a more strategic area, and more easily defensible area, than Donglang, if Bhutan refuses to dis-invite Indian forces from Donglang.  The Chinese proverb that he who tied the bell must be the one to remove it as well, rings true in Donglang as in all other places.


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Post time 2017-8-18 14:30:27 |Display all floors
The winter is coming and its hard for either sides to do any large operations. The stand off will continue until the end of winter. The issue will be discussed and solved probably in 2018.

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Post time 2017-8-18 22:55:51 |Display all floors
Bad news that is actually still a secret: Bhutan has built an underground cogwheel railway - Swiss technology marveled at by millions of Indian and Chinese tourists visiting the top of the Youngfrau mountain in the ice-bound Swiss Alps every year - and this railway line can haul ballistic missiles, howitzers and tanks up to Dokhlam.

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Post time 2017-8-19 10:24:06 |Display all floors
And remember, the small nations make the smallest and fewest mistakes, the big powers make the worst and the most of them. Therefore it is up to China to throw in the towel, kowtow to the Bhutanese king and apologise. The king of Bhutan will graciously waive his right to a compensation from China. China can donate money to charities for the Tibetans in Ladakh and elsewhere in India.

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Post time 2017-8-19 10:25:06 |Display all floors
And remember, the small nations make the smallest and fewest mistakes, the big powers make the worst and the most of them. Therefore it is up to China to throw in the towel, kowtow to the Bhutanese king and apologise. The king of Bhutan will graciously waive his right to a compensation from China. China can donate money to charities for the Tibetans in Ladakh and elsewhere in India.

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Post time 2017-8-20 09:52:36 |Display all floors
This post was edited by abcfirst at 2017-8-20 09:56

While it is good diplomacy for China to remain friendly to Bhutan, the benefit of such friendship is limited to its inaction, and does not extend to the redress of the injustice that inaction (failure to dis-invite Indian troops from Donglang) is prolonging.  Bhutan's keeping its silence after the Donglang crisis has happened may help avoid fanning up hostilities in the short term, but it does prolong and deepen the crisis in the longer term.  The "benefit"of its inaction and silence has now been overtaken by the harm it is causing to both the sovereignty of China and the peace of Bhutan.  

The idea that this standoff can last into winter and past it is self-serving to its proponents, because every day that passes where China does not exercise sovereignty over Donglang as it should, adds one day of credibility to the Indian claim that it has none.

Bhutan must make a choice to dis-invite India from Bhutan, or China will have to invite itself to the adjoining Bhutanese territory, as compensation, or if temporarily, as a necessary base for its operations to retake Donglang.  All of this, before autumn is over.

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Post time 2017-8-22 11:12:15 |Display all floors
abcfirst Post time: 2017-8-20 09:52
While it is good diplomacy for China to remain friendly to Bhutan, the benefit of such friendship is ...

While it would be good if China could become a friendly and a good neighbor, it has acted thus far like the proverbial elephant in the porcelain shop.

To the world, it is China that is acting like an imperialist, not little Bhutan and not its protector.

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