BEIJING: Amid its ongoing border dispute with India, China has now claimed that the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary located in Bhutan is a “disputed” territory.
The remarks have been made by China on the 58th assembly of the Global Environment Facility Council throughout which it tried to “oppose” funding to a undertaking for the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, calling it a “disputed” territory.
China claimed that Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary falls within the disputed space between Bhutan and China.
This has evoked a powerful response from Bhutan which despatched a powerful notice to the China’s consultant dealing with Bhutan. The notice mentioned, “Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral and sovereign territory of Bhutan.”
Interestingly, this wildlife sanctuary has by no means been part of any world funding. It can be for the primary time that it has come up as a undertaking on the worldwide platform, which China grabbed it as a possibility to put declare to the land.
Meanwhile, the Chinese transfer is being watched fastidiously by India for the reason that space is near Tawang, the primary city in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kameng sector. China, as is well-known, describes complete Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet and claims possession.
Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is situated within the japanese most a part of the nation in Trashigang Dzongkhag, Eastern Bhutan.
It encompasses a complete space of 740.60 sq. kilometer protecting virtually three fourth of Merak and Sakteng geogs below Trashigang Dzongkhag and a part of Lauri geog below Samdrupjonkhar Dzongkhag.
The Sanctuary is located within the remotest a part of the nation the place solely restricted developmental applications have been applied within the two geogs up to now. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) is a nationwide park within the far japanese area of Bhutan, bordering the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The sanctuary is adorned with a various ecosystem starting from heat broadleaf forests to alpine meadows.