Bhutan. In February, Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk, King Jigme
Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk's and Queen Jetsun Pema's first-born
son were born. According to
countryaah, the little boy thus became the crown prince
of the mountain kingdom and took over after his uncle as the
first in the throne. In honor of the Crown Prince, thousands
of volunteers planted a total of 108,000 trees in the
In August, China expressed its interest in establishing
diplomatic relations with Bhutan. The play came in
connection with Bhutan Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji meeting
with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. China and Bhutan
have long disputed the boundary between the two countries.
In September, Bhutan announced that the country would not
attend the South Asian Regional Cooperation Organization
(SAARC) summit in Pakistan's capital Islamabad in November.
The Bhutanese authorities referred to the rising terrorism
in the region which severely impaired the chances of holding
a successful meeting.