A state-controlled English daily known for its hard-line stand against India said on Monday that New Delhi was treating neighbour Bhutan as its colony and had brazenly interfered in the recent elections in the Himalayan country to serve its own strategic needs.
New Delhi, according to the piece in Global Times, will never allow Bhutan and China — which do not have a diplomatic relationship — to resolve a festering border dispute.While Bhutan was "firmly under Indian control", the opinion piece added that India had earlier "annexed" Sikkim to maintain as a buffer with China and to protect the "Siliguri Corridor" that connects rest of India with the states in the northeast.
Written by Liu Zongyi, from Center for Strategic and International Studies and a research fellow at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, it said New Delhi withdrew its subsidy on gas and kerosene to influence the election.
Though the two countries are not linked diplomatically, Beijing and Thimphu in recent years have been attempting to mend a festering border dispute and establish a relationship.
In fact in June 2012, during a visit to Bhutan, then outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao had said that China was ready to “forge a formal diplomatic relationship with Bhutan on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and complete border demarcation.”
And India, according to Liu, wasn’t happy with the development and even forced its ambassador Pavan K Varma to resign.