China making friendly advances towards Bhutan India watchful of the event

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NEW DELHI: India is monitoring China’s attempts to expand its influence in Bhutan ahead of the parliamentary elections in the Himalayan state next year, especially in the backdrop of a flurry of visits by senior Chinese officials to the neighbouring country in the past few months.

Amid the face-off between Indian and Chinese armies in western Bhutan, Delhi has noticed Beijing’s effort to expand its presence in the Himalayan state, which became a constitutional monarchy from an

absolute kingdom in 2008. With the third edition of the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year, Beijing has been trying to reach out to politicians and other power centres in Thimphu, according to persons familiar with the developments



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