China builds military village in Bhutan sparking more conflict with India

Some Asian rice paddy producers could be caught in the middle of a diplomatic clash.

According to recent satellite images, China is building a military village along a border in the small country of Bhutan. Bhutan connects China and India.

Both have been fighting over the territory for decades. The conflict already impacted rice farmers in the area and could continue to do so.

This past summer, amid rising tensions, local governments in Bhutan blocked water channels from getting to paddy fields on India’s side. Farmers protested by blocking a main border road. Locals say that about 5,000 farmers on both sides of the border depend on the channel for irrigation.