Bhutan rejects reports of land grab by Chinese in Doklam

Amid reports of the Chinese having established villages inside Bhutanese territory in Doklam, Bhutan’s Ambassador to India has said there is been no such village inside Bhutan.

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A Chinese journalist from state-affiliated media posted pictures of a village with satellite imagery, claiming that it was near Doklam. He later deleted the tweet. (Source:Screenshot of Shen Shiwi's tweet)

Bhutan has rejected reports of the Chinese having established villages inside Bhutanese territory in Doklam.

Bhutan's envoy to India, Maj Gen Vetsop Namgyel, told India Today, "There is no Chinese village inside Bhutan."

The news spread on social media after a Chinese journalist from state-affiliated media, Shen Shiwi, posted pictures of a village with satellite imagery, claiming that it was near Doklam.

He later deleted the tweet when it was widely picked up on social media and it was pointed out that the place pointed out by Shen Shiwi was well within Bhutanese territory.

Nathan Ruser tweeted, “Here's a CGTN news producer openly admitting that China has occupied and now populated part of a sovereign country. This Pangda village has been constructed (as shown by the included map) ~2.5km beyond Bhutan's international border. China now baselessly claims about 12% of Bhutan. twitter.com/shen_shiwei/st”

He adds, “If you look at the map Shen shares, he cheekily crops so that it doesn't show the settlement he's talking about is across the Bhutanese border. Second picture shows the border.”

While the controversy has escalated, Shen’s deleted tweet is still on social media as a screenshot.

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