Amid looming Chinese presence, India woos Bhutan with trade and connectivity
NEW DELHI: From identifying more border trade points to carrying out a feasibility study for a railway link between the two countries, the go nment is going all out to thwart China's attempts to wean Bhutan away from India's sphere of influence.
After opening a new trade route last week, India is likely to approve Bhutan's request for another permanent land customs station (LCS) to facilitate more Bhutan exports to India and Bangladesh. India is also considering opening another integrated check post (ICP), sources here said.
These initiatives are significant as Bhutan dodges attempts by China to establish formal diplomatic relations with India's only neighbour which is yet to join Beijing's BRI initiative.
Sources here said that while a feasibility study is being carried out for a railway link between Mujnai in West Bengal and Nyoenpaling in Bhutan, Land Ports Authority of India has also identified Jaigaon in West Bengal's Alipurduar district for development of an integrated check post (ICP).
After a request from Bhutan, India is also considering notifying the Jitti-Nagrakata LCS as a permanent LCS which has until now been a seasonal station for trade in crops like orange, ginger and cardamom.
Boycott Chinese goods and services. Don't allow Chinese investors.
As long as Modi is there not only China, no one can dare to disturb India.
BOYCOTT CHINKS and THEIR SUBSTANDARD PRODUCTS.
Even if Chinese products are world class , boycott is needed.
Chinese can never be trusted. Boycott
Kulbhushan Rai Madan
For centuries, China can't be ever trusted. From world war two China has been playing dirty games, not only with India but all almost all neighbouring countries.
China is still not de escalating. Ladakh presence hasn't reduced despite talks.
Bhutan will be making its biggest mistake if it TRUSTS CHINA.
Long live Modi. Greatest PM his love for country and country men is unmatchable. Wish he lead the country for many more years.
A rail ink with the happiest country in the world will benefit Bharat as well and also act as a deterrent to China amid prevailing tensions. Very nice!