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Chinese troops in Bhutan raising concern (Alarm over Chinese incursion)
World Peace Herald ^ | December 28, 2005

Posted on 12/28/2005 10:42:39 AM PST by Gengis Khan

Chinese troops in Bhutan raising concern

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Published December 28, 2005


NEW DELHI -- The presence of Chinese soldiers in Bhutan has set off alarm bells in Thimphu and New Delhi.
    
    Chinese soldiers are building roads and bridges deep inside Bhutan, The Hindustan Times newspaper said Wednesday. More than 200 Chinese troops crossed into Bhutan in mid-November.

    
    "Relations between the two countries have been on the edge since then," said the report.
    
    Bhutanese Foreign Minister Khandu Wangchuk took up the matter with Chinese authorities after the issue was raised in Bhutanese parliament.
    
    "They (Chinese) told them (Bhutanese) that they are overreacting and that roads were being built as part of the economic development programs for western China," an Indian intelligence official said.
    
    He said the Bhutanese government informed India about the developments.
    
    "India and Bhutan enjoy a special relationship, and the current developments have come as a matter of serious concern for India," the official said.
    
    Bhutan has a 260-mile unfenced border with China. It also has a 360-mile border with India.
    
    Thimphu told Beijing the crossover by Chinese soldiers into Bhutanese territory was a violation of the 1998 Sino-Bhutanese treaty of peace and tranquility.
    
    "There are chances that Chinese might build more roads further into our territory and gradually claim the land as theirs since they have their roads on our territory," said Bhutanese newspaper Kuensel in an editorial.
    
    According to a Bhutanese diplomat, China has been mounting pressure on the Himalayan kingdom to allow it to open its embassy in Thimphu.

Alarm over Chinese incursion
by Pramod Giri
Wednesday Dec. 28, 2005, Thimphu: The Chinese are in Bhutan — its soldiers are building roads and bridges deep inside the country and setting off alarms in both Thimphu and Delhi. Over 200 Chinese soldiers crossed into Bhutan in mid-November and since then, the relations between the two countries have been on the edge.
Bhutan, which has a 470-km unfenced border with China, considers the unasked-for presence of the Red Army in its territory as a violation of the 1998 Sino-Bhutanese border treaty of peace and tranquillity. Rattled by the developments, the tiny kingdom, which shares a special relationship and a 605-km border with India, has also informed the Indian home ministry.

The matter also came up before Bhutan's National Assembly and foreign minister Khandu Wangchuk promised the House that the matter would soon be taken up with the Chinese authorities.

On November 13, the Chinese soldiers entered the country’s northern districts, including Paro, and marched 20 km inland, claiming that they had been forced by melting glaciers and heavy snowfall in Tibet to breach the border. But they also went on to infiltrate remote places like Haa, Boomtang and Wangdi Phudrang, which have no human habitation. The Chinese have built pucca bridges in Paro and Haa districts, prompting concern among the people’s representatives from Paro, Haa, Laya, Lunana, Zhemgang and Thimphu.

When secretary of international boundaries Dasho Pema Wangchuk took up the issue with the Chinese delegation led by deputy director-general of the Asian department in the China’s ministry of foreign affairs, China just brushed off the apprehensions.

“They told the Bhutanese that they were over-reacting and that the roads were being built as part of the economic development programmes for western China,” an Indian intelligence officer said. “India and Bhutan enjoy a special relationship, and the current developments have come as a matter of serious concern for India,” the official added.

That the concern is not confined to government circles in Thimphu and Delhi was clear from a recent article in Bhutanese newspaper Kuensel, which said, “There are chances that the Chinese might build more roads further into our territory and gradually claim the land as theirs since they have their roads on our territory.”

But why the incursion? Sources said China had been pressing Bhutan to allow it to open its embassy in Thimphu, and the cross-border forays could be a ploy to arm-twist Bhutan into agreeing to it.
(Source : Hindustan Times)
 


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1 posted on 12/28/2005 10:42:41 AM PST by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

This is big news. Chinese troops have crossed a border.


2 posted on 12/28/2005 10:44:05 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: Gengis Khan

Its also the Chinese behind the violence in the Kingdom of Nepal.


3 posted on 12/28/2005 10:44:29 AM PST by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: HHKrepublican_2

They do that all the time.


4 posted on 12/28/2005 10:44:44 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Gengis Khan

Don't expect to see this covered by NBCCBSABCCNN anytime soon!


5 posted on 12/28/2005 10:45:32 AM PST by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: Gengis Khan
...claiming that they had been forced by melting glaciers and heavy snowfall in Tibet to breach the border.

That's a pretty weak excuse, but if the commies are afraid of a little snow, they aren't much of a threat.

6 posted on 12/28/2005 10:48:01 AM PST by Buford T. Justice (What we're dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law.)
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To: Gengis Khan
The Chicom's making inroads in Africa. Once they're set up...wouldn't be surprised to see genocide taking place against the blks. They are extremely bias and hate the black people.
7 posted on 12/28/2005 10:48:16 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: HHKrepublican_2

That's no military invasion, it's just an economic development programme. Sounds so much nicer.


8 posted on 12/28/2005 10:48:19 AM PST by kenth (Merry Christmas!)
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To: BullDog108

Yes surprisingly this news didn't get any coverage yet in the western MSM.


9 posted on 12/28/2005 10:49:43 AM PST by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

Chinese soldiers are building roads and bridges deep inside Bhutan

Hmmm... I'd always thought that much like the first flower of spring, or the swallows returning to San Capistrano, the appearance of Chinese soldiers building infrastructure was a good sign.

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

10 posted on 12/28/2005 10:50:18 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Gengis Khan
This is the REAL CHINA YOU ARE SEEING HERE.

Cina's hegemony. Invasion by OOOPs! development.

Bhutan does not want development.

Bhutan is a protectorate of India. The Chinese want to decimate the old traditional Buddhist theocracy, the last left on the face of the earth, and a haven for many escaped Tibetans, who are distinctly anti-Chinese.

The traditional home and area of Milarepa and Marpa the Translator , are just North of the Bhutanese / Occupied Tibet border. As such it is an area of extreme interst to millions of Buddhist Americans.

I hope India intervenes.And that the UN moves it as a Security Council matter.

11 posted on 12/28/2005 10:52:28 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Gengis Khan
But........but........Bhutan is one of those Neutral, Peace-loving, Non-aggressive, Unarmed, Eco-friendly countries that the UN, and the Democratic Party here in the USA, says that we should aspire to.

How can this happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 posted on 12/28/2005 10:54:05 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Gengis Khan
It's not an incursion. Just think of it as an anschluss.
13 posted on 12/28/2005 10:55:27 AM PST by .cnI redruM (If you're gonna think, you might as well think big." - Donald Trump)
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To: Gengis Khan

Yeah trade....by trade they mean improved access routes for chinese divisions into bhutan/india.


14 posted on 12/28/2005 10:56:10 AM PST by Xenophon450 (In a world of spoonfed emotion, intelligence can save.)
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To: Candor7

I agree India needs to act and act real fast but its better the UN stays away.


15 posted on 12/28/2005 10:57:28 AM PST by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

blow the bridges and blow the roads back to square one
...and blow the chinese while they are there


16 posted on 12/28/2005 10:58:49 AM PST by AprilfromTexas
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To: shield

China would not do that because that is awfully expensive to do. China historically (during Imperial, and modern) would rule thru local proxies. They will back a minority tribal faction, arm and train it and have them rule the African nation. The minority faction would not stab the Chicoms in the back because they need them to stay in power. Just look at Zimbawe as the blueprint. This is old fashion imperialist method practiced by all known empires (Roman, Persian, British and etc) because it cost the least to implement.


17 posted on 12/28/2005 11:06:29 AM PST by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: shield

I thought that was George Bush.


18 posted on 12/28/2005 11:10:58 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (I might be wrong, but I'm always right.)
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To: rightinthemiddle

What?


19 posted on 12/28/2005 11:14:44 AM PST by Gengis Khan
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To: HHKrepublican_2

From what I read on some of these threads, Mexican troops cross into the US all the time. Don't worry about it, we're just one big global family, aren't we?


20 posted on 12/28/2005 11:15:48 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

"....we're just one big global family, aren't we?"

That's the stated goal of our current administration and the one before and the one before that.


21 posted on 12/28/2005 11:25:53 AM PST by panaxanax
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To: Gengis Khan

They are extremely bias and hate the black people.


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22 posted on 12/28/2005 11:27:17 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (I might be wrong, but I'm always right.)
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To: Gengis Khan

Interesting that all this occurs just on the heals of the Kings announcment that he intends to turn over Buhtan to democratic governance


23 posted on 12/28/2005 11:38:32 AM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: pbrown
Consider that the PRC has just trotted out 'their' Panchen Lama. This is done more for the Nepal and Bhutan situations than the Tibetans. They seek to get control of the mountains first.

Then they will seek to overload the Indian Government. They back the pakis who are constantly pressuring the LOC area in Kashmir-Jammu. Think about how the Islamabad did not want US aid personnel to go directly to K/J to help. They did not want international eyes to see the Jihadi bases that they had set up. Do not forget the 'terrorist' attack on the Parliment some years ago.

This must be done slowly in stages. India was born in peace, but they will fight. They have a huge army, and they have nukes. Both the Indians and the PRC remember the 1972 and 1999 wars. The Chinese would love to control the high ground in a future conflict. This is one of the reasons for the sudden appearance of their Panchen Lama imposter. His lies will be used to justify further Chinese encroachment into the Kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal.

Incidentally, how does a government that officially promotes atheism as it's 'state religion' gain the capability to do something as theologically complex as identifying a reincarnate high Lama? Sounds like another Chinese lie to me . . .

The PRC is backing the Maoists who seek to destabilize Nepal. They are now pushing into Bhutan. The PRC would like very much to control the Indian subcontinent.

Then, once they get their sea-lift capabilities up, they will go after Nationalist China.

They say they want peace and security. What they want is empire. I do not see them as communists. They are just a new generation of Manchus. They do not espouse anything other than their own desire for conquest.
24 posted on 12/28/2005 11:41:22 AM PST by Sangey (Buddha bless the USA)
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To: mylife

I was just about to say that.


25 posted on 12/28/2005 11:48:58 AM PST by Gengis Khan
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To: Sangey
The world should act. It won't, but it should. They're taking baby steps now, much the way Hitler started out. To see how the world will react. They didn't, and that was all he needed.

China I believe, is playing the same game of chicken.

26 posted on 12/28/2005 11:50:54 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: panaxanax

Sad and terrifying times we live in.


27 posted on 12/28/2005 11:53:35 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Sangey

Good analysis. Well said.


28 posted on 12/28/2005 12:04:11 PM PST by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

All you folks in Asia better beware and be aware of the interests of the Chi-coms. They feel they should be ruler of all Asia for now and the world later.
You boys in JAPAN hear me? How about Taiwan? Hey Viet Nam, remember how the chineese regularly kick your butts? hold on a minute I think I hear the Chi-coms at your door.


29 posted on 12/28/2005 1:38:46 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Honestly; WestCoastGal; all4one; bored at work; Domestic Church; Calpernia; Velveeta; ...

Ping


30 posted on 12/28/2005 6:01:29 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Happy New Year!!! 2006 a year of Peace, good health, and great joy, as God directs)
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To: Candor7

You must be new since everyoe should know china is a permanent member of the security council with the power to veto any resolutions. Even their own.


31 posted on 01/01/2006 7:54:03 AM PST by Petey139
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To: Candor7

Candor, Either I've missed something or your the dumbest person on this earth. Move this to the Security Council. Oh you mean the one where China has a Veto Power Seat maybe? Serious even if it did make it, China would veto it's ass out.


32 posted on 06/23/2006 9:18:22 AM PDT by Petey139
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To: Petey139
Yes you have missed something. The Chinese incursion into Buthan is NOT widely known. It needs to be publicized so that the whole world will not go along without a whimper with increasing Chinese "hegemony" which is systematically waged as war in slow motion, incrementally. Thats what the 2008 Olympics are about.

Publicity is needed and the UN Security Council referal would do it. Trouble is, India is chicken, and it handles all of Buthans external relations.

So Petey, thank you for informing me of the details of the capacity of the NSC of the UN. I have a law degree with a concentration in International Law. Is there anything elese you wish to know?

33 posted on 06/23/2006 11:07:49 AM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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