Thimpu: The 10th Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Bhutan-China Boundary was held in Kunming, China, from 6-9 April 2021. The Bhutanese delegation was led by the Letho Tobdhen Tangbi, Secretary, International Boundaries, while the Chinese delegation was led by Hong Liang, Director-General, Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China.
The delegations discussed several issues, including a roadmap to expedite the Bhutan-China boundary talks. The two sides agreed to continue maintaining peace and tranquillity in the border areas, pending a final settlement of the boundary issue.
In a show of goodwill and friendship and to support Bhutan’s fight against COVID-19, the Chinese Government donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies.
The two sides agreed to hold the 25th Round of Bhutan-China boundary talks and the 11th EGM as soon as possible at mutually convenient dates. The last boundary talks were held in Beijing on August 11, 2016. The 25th round of talks was expected in 2017, but could not be held.
The boundary talks between Bhutan and China began in 1984. Bhutan and China signed the guiding principles on the settlement of boundary issues and the agreement on the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in boundary areas in 1998. These two agreements form the basis of the boundary negotiations between Bhutan and China.