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China turns on charm offensive for Bhutan

The Himalayan kingdom may be in the middle of a power play between regional rivals - long-time protector India, and China.

Bhutan, a 38,394-square- kilometre country with 750,000 inhabitants, is in the unenviable position of being squeezed between the two most populous countries on earth.


CHINA has begun courting the only neighbouring country with which it does not yet have diplomatic relations - Bhutan. Throughout modern history, the Himalayan kingdom has depended heavily on India, which is following events closely.

Bhutan, a 38,394-square-kilometre country