Ties strained as India cuts fuel subsidy to Bhutan

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  1. t_co

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    Ties strained as India cuts fuel subsidy to Bhutan - The Times of India

     
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    Dragon will fire it up. Crazy are the ways of Indian diplomacy
     
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    Another Foreign Policy suicide by Sell-Man Kursed

    2 in a day now after the Afghan snub... Must be a record even by his standards!

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    I don't think this was a bad move. Let them drive around in their Chinese made buses. No Indian subsidized fuel for them. They will have to chose between PRC and India. Can't feed off both. India needs to be more assertive when it comes to foreign policy, to keep its littoral neighbours in line.
     
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    It should have been discussed officially and then action as desired undertaken.

    However, it is true that we cannot subsidise Bhutan's economy.
     
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    Free money is what small nations are looking for. China provides that. Bhutan is crucial for Indian security. A few million dollars would not have made any difference for India to keep their population on our side.
     
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    Money buys influence. When subsidy is withdrawn your influence there evaporates too.

    GoI'd better resume the "subsidy on cooking gas and kerosene" right away!

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    Supplying fuel to Bhutan through Tibet will be ten times expensive proposal...
     
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    This is the result of the impractical, populist, vote bank scam of Food Guarantee Act.

     
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    No need. India needs to tighten the screws on any country that cosies up with PRC. We shall not be friendly with anyone who is friends with a hostile country. It was Bhutan who made the mistake, they must be made to realize that. You guys on the other hand keep subsidizing Bhutan. Looks like you have a lot of money to throw away while your banks default. Good luck with that!
     
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    good decision by GOI


    I wonder to which country and till how long china supports.

    Already they have expensive keep called pakistan.
     
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    I'm sure the IAS staff will love having IA troops camped on the Bhutan-India border be replaced with PLA troops. Quite a decent trade for a few dollars and cents
     
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    China must supply everything.

    It will do Bhutan good.

    Her nearest port is Kolkata and so.......
     
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    But before that the US troops will find its way.

    Already they are exerting much influence.

    Maybe the Tibetans inside will exert greater influence of the Han Chinese Govt then? :wink: :rofl:
     
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    When tax paying citizens don't get sufficient subsidy, why should we give free subsidy to others?
     
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    the railway will be extended from Lhasa to Kathmandu, already reaching Xigaze. supplying feul to Thimphu only takes a few extra miles. how much does the hermit kingdom need?

    Impossible is nothing.

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    how will US troops access sandwiched Bhutan? through Calcutta? or Indian airspace? what a scary scenario if India offers logistical support like Pakistan serving the US for Afghanistan ! get prepared for daily drone visits!

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    Yes, Bhutan fuel requirement will really become less.

    Since their daily and national requirements will come through China and their citizens will fly out through Tibet instead of Bagdogra or Kolkata, their buses and trucks and cars will no longer ply India.

    Therefore, all their traffic will be confined to the three roads they have.

    So, fuel requirement will be in real terms, zero or near zero.
     
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    Till now all is well between India and Bhutan and so there is no big deal in transit.

    Bhutan is an independent, sovereign Kingdom and they can have relations with anyone and any country.

    Once the US entrenches itself, why should India complain about allowing US to access Bhutan through India.

    Yes, it would be a scary situation........but for only China!
     
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    You are too optimistic.
     

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