No Question of Chinese Embassy in Bhutan: PM Tshering Tobgay to NDTV

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The Bhutanese Prime Minister also expressed his satisfaction over India's reassurance on ensuring uninterrupted food export to his country.

Thimphu:  In remarks that must be very reassuring to India, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has ruled out the possibility of his government permitting China to open its embassy in Thimpu.

"There is no question of Chinese embassy in Bhutan, Mr Tobgay told NDTV a day after Narendra Modi concluded his first-ever foreign visit as India's new Prime Minister. There have been concerns in India over China's attempts to establish diplomatic ties with Bhutan.

The two Prime Ministers discussed strategic ties between their countries. Mr Tobgay backed the Indian Prime Minister's statement that a strong India was good for the neighbourhood.

"The biggest takeaway from Mr Modi's visit is a reiteration on India's friendship with Bhutan," said Mr Tobgay. The Bhutanese, in fact, welcomed the Indian Prime Minister's emphasis on strengthening "B2B'' ties. "The slogan that comes up from the visit is B for B - Bhutan for Bharat, and Bharat for Bhutan,'' he said, recalling the phrase used by Mr Modi in his speech during the banquet hosted in his honour on Sunday.

The Bhutanese Prime Minister also expressed his satisfaction over India's reassurance on ensuring uninterrupted food export to his country.

He said that his government was committed to meeting the deadlines on hydro-electric power generation. "Fund flow from India is not a problem in executing these projects,'' Mr Tobgay said.  

Mr Modi, during his visit to Bhutan, laid the foundation stone of the 600 MW Khologchu hydro-power project. "Our hydropower cooperation with Bhutan is a classic example of win-win cooperation and a model for the entire region,'' the Indian Prime Minister said during the banquet hosted by Mr Tobgay.



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