China, Bhutan hold 12th Expert Group meeting on China-Bhutan Boundary issues

China, Bhutan hold 12th Expert Group meeting on China-Bhutan Boundary issues

This undated photo shows a view of the Kingdom of Bhutan, in Bhutan. PHOTO XINHUA BEIJING - China and Bhutan held the 12th Expert Group meeting EGM on China-Bhutan Boundary issues on Wednesday and Thursday in Thimphu, Bhutan.

The two sides discussed the positive consensus reached at the 11th EGM in Kunming, China, and held frank and constructive discussions to proceed with the Three-Step Roadmap on speeding up border negotiations between the two countries.

The 12th Expert Group meeting on China-Bhutan boundary issues will be held in Thimphu, Bhutan on May 24 - 25, 2023. PHOTO MFA.GOV. CN's two sides expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the implementation of the Three-Step Roadmap during the 12th EGM.

Hong Liang, director-general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired the delegation. Letho Tobdhen Tangbi, the secretary of the International Boundaries of Bhutan, led the Bhutanese delegation.

The two sides expressed their confidence in the Three-Step Roadmap and reaffirmed the importance of increasing the frequency of their meetings to make further progress in its implementation. They have agreed to hold the next EGM in Beijing at an early date.

The two sides also agreed to hold the 25th Round of China-Bhutan Boundary Talks as soon as possible at mutually convenient dates.

The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere to commemorate the close ties between China and Bhutan.