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Yearbook 2017

Bhutan. The small mountain country ended up in the middle of the year in a power struggle between the regional powers of China and India. China demanded that India withdraw its troops from the disputed Doklam Plateau in the strategically important border area between western Bhutan and Tibet, near the Indian state of Sikkim. The Chinese claim that the area belongs to China, while both Bhutan and India consider it part of Bhutan. A stalemate occurred in June after Chinese road workers, accompanied by military, entered what Bhutan considers their territory. To prevent the proposed road being built, India sent military to the area. In July, a Chinese diplomat alleged that Bhutan said the country did not claim the Doklam Plateau, a statement that was later rejected by the Bhutanese government.

2017 Bhutan

According to, the two parties that have dominated political life since the introduction of democracy in 2008 - the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) - will face more opponents than before in the 2018 parliamentary elections. At least two new parties began to be organized during the year, partly the Druk Gaki Tshogpa, founded by the engineer Chheku Dukpa, and the Druk Kuenphen Tshogpa, with the retired official Jigme Dukpa as the driving force.

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