It takes a writeup from the Ambassador of China for the Bhutanese public to find out that a historic beginning was made in July, 2015 in Sino- Bhutan political aspirations. It is a good indication that the national Newspaper Kuensel was not barred from carrying the Ambassador's article titled, ' Discovering Happiness in Bhutan ' in its Saturday issue of 25th July, 2015 coinciding with the Bhutanese 9th day of the 6th month. It is an auspicious day and may this news augur great tidings henceforth for Bhutan China relations.
The Bhutanese media had covered the 17th July,2015 meeting between the Bhutanese Prime Minister and the Ambassador Le Yucheng from China. It was the first meeting of its kind for the Prime Minister of second democratic Government of Bhutan. He certainly has some catching ups to do.
Behind the past scene of national governance and rhetorics, His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo had always kept up constant contact with the Government of China. I think every Chinese delegation especially the Border Talk teams was warmly received in audience regardless of who led the delegation. Even after abdication, the King did not desert the vital importance of pursuing good relation with China the giant neighbour of Bhutan in the north. Of course for all the Kings, the priority in external affairs was always Bhutan India friendship. But now more paramount has to be ultimately the long term sovereign interest of Bhutan. And so there is no way of shunning, forever, more positive ties with China. The earlier the positive moves are made, better it would be for national development and aspiration.
For a Bhutanese, it is easy to understand the overwhelming influence of the living national legend on national policies, on His Majesty the People's King and the elected Government. However, the political outlook of the modern world is such that the symbolism is viewed differently. Therefore, the audience of the King on the Throne to the Chinese Ambassador, since the second Bhutanese General Election, is historic. Finally the Kingdom of Bhutan has taken the historic step to indicate to the world that the nation is prepared to confront the reality of geopolitics in the most positive and politically mature manner. May the Deities grant Bhutanese Leaderships an abundance of national courage and political acumen.
China and India are not the father and mother of Bhutan. But they cannot be wished away from the geopolitical aspirations of the Kingdom. I have always looked forward to a sensible and politically mature opening since 2008. Majority of the Bhutanese would be relieved with the new national outlook towards China. Now, the more important concern is the understanding and encouragement from other nations especially from Bhutan 's forever generous and historic closest friend India and the world's only Superpower United States of America. It is hoped that they would appreciate the otherwise precarious geopolitical position of Bhutan.
China is not just a regional giant, it is a world power of considerable implication. Even bastion of Western Powers like Germany and Britain have acknowledged that through accelerated China rapprochement policies much to the dismay of America. Bhutan must also awaken to the foreign policies of other South Asian neighbours. It cannot copycat the complex political game of Far East nations like Japan and Philippines. Japan with super power pact with America and a vast body of water inbetween, may get away rattling sabre against China. Even then I am not sure whether Abe is leading Japan to economic abscess or military glory. But Bhutan's fate would surely be doomed if the Kingdom engages in India America proxy war against China.
It has to be heart warming for the Spirit of centuries old Kingdom to witness a fresh political maturity in the collective political leadership of the world's youngest democracy, in international diplomacy. May Bhutanese sovereignty wisdom and fortitude prevail in Bhutan China and India triangle diplomacy.
Pelden Drukpa ! Lha Gyelo !