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West Asia-Israeli Slaughter of Civilians

aid acting as constraints. But .increasingly, it has become difficult to sustain the pretence that everything is all right in Indo-Bhutanese relations. It was frankly admitted in recent months that differences had arisen recently over the extent of Bhutan's relationships with third countries, the access these countries should have through Indian territory to the landlocked kingdom, and the pattern of external aid for Bhutan's development. IN fact, Bhutan has for years been seeking a more acceptable definition of Indian guildance' in the conduct of its foreign affairs. There have also been signs that Bhutan entertained genuine fears that it might be reduced to the status of a 'protectorate' (just like Sik- kim) and then, in due time, be totally assimilated into the Indian Union. Some of these apprehensions will perhaps be allayed as a consequence of the broad agreement that the Janata government has reached with Bhutan during the Bhutanese King's visit to New Delhi last month. Under the agreement, Bhutan will be able to sell its goods not needed by India to third countries. Thus, at least in theory, Bhutan will be able to trade with China and Nepal. Bhutan's bonier trade with China came to an end with the Sino-Indian border crisis in the late 1950s.

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