India on Thursday reacted cautiously to Bhutan and China signing an agreement on a “three-step roadmap” to expedite negotiations to resolve their festering boundary dispute. The signing of the pact came four years after the Indian and Chinese armies were locked in a 73-day stand-off at the Doklam tri-junction after China tried to extend a road in the area that Bhutan claimed belonged to it.
“We have noted the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bhutan and China today. You are aware that Bhutan and China have been holding boundary negotiations since 1984. India has similarly been holding boundary negotiations with China,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi said.
He was replying to a question on the agreement. In a statement, Bhutan said its Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandi Dorji and China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao signed on Thursday the MoU on the “three-step roadmap” for expediting the Bhutan-China Boundary negotiations.