Wedged between two of world biggest and most populous nations is how Bhutan is usually described in many of the introductory write-ups to the country.
What, however, doesn’t appear apparent in this imagery is the pressure the wedge often feels.
For a tiny kingdom of less than 800,000 people sprinkled on a rugged topography, that believes neither in military prowess, nor in economic might, to find itself between two of Asia’s giants that account for nearly half the world’s population, can be intimidating.
Especially so at such times as the Doklam impasse, where troops of these two nations have been disputing for the last almost two months over the slightly 30 plus square mile land on which both China and Bhutan have claims.
While our northern neighbour wants Bhutan, as a sovereign nation, to lay claim to its part of, what is often referred to as the chicken’s neck, the neighbour down south has taken on itself to settle the dispute on behalf of Bhutan.
Although both neighbours, it seems, are acting in the interest of the tiny kingdom, to most Bhutanese, gauging by the developments by the day, maybe the two giants are looking out for their own interests just a little bit more.
Coming to that patch of disputed land, if the two continent-like nations cannot part with even a portion of it, imagine what it might mean for a Himalayan kingdom that is not even the size of the smallest states of these two nations.