China hopes to forge diplomatic ties with Bhutan

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — China hopes to work with Bhutan for early establishment of diplomatic relations and solution to boundary issues, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao said on Thursday.

Li made the comment when meeting with Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji, in China for the 24th round of boundary talks.

“China and Bhutan have yet to establish diplomatic ties but have always respected each other and treated each other as equals,” Li said.

Damcho Dorji said Bhutan expects to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields and looks forward to settling the boundary issue at an early date.

Also on Thursday, Li met with Swiss Vice President Doris Leuthard on strengthening bilateral relations

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