BEIJING, June 16 (Xinhua) -- China is glad to see India and
Bhutan develop friendly ties, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman on Monday in response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit to the Himalayan nation.
When asked whether China saw India developing ties with Bhutan
as move to contain China, Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing,
"We are paying attention to the Indian prime minister's visit. We
are glad to see our neighbors develop friendly ties with each
Stressing that China attached great importance to its
relationship with India, Hua said recent years have witnessed the
healthy and stable development of the strategic partnership of
cooperation between the two.
China has full expectation and confidence in promoting ties with
India, she said.
Modi arrived in Bhutan on Sunday, kicking off his first foreign
tour since assuming office last month.
On the relationship with Bhutan, Hua said although China and
Bhutan have not forged diplomatic ties so far, the two nations have
maintained friendly exchanges.
She added that China respects Bhutan's sovereignty and
territorial integrity and pledges to develop ties with it on the
basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. Enditem