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Opinion

China's bullying of tiny Bhutan risks South Asian stability

David and Goliath struggle exposes Beijing's expansionist intent

| Bhutan
The Merak village, Eastern Bhutan, pictured from the footpath heading towards Sakteng in May 2015: Xi Jinping's expansionism has not spared China's smallest neighbor.   © Corbis/Getty Images

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including "Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan."

China has failed to settle the frontier with its tiny neighbor Bhutan, despite holding talks with Bhutan since 1984. Now, after nearly four decades, it is trumpeting a newly signed memorandum of understanding with the kingdom to "expedite" the border negotiations.

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