Facebook groups in Bhutan have now become hotspot to raise anti-China sentiments in the country. The online activism has risen amidst rising tension between China and India.
One particular Our News & Forum, with over 194,000 members, is filled with many anti-China posts – particularly advocating for boycotting Chinese goods and services. Many of these members who posts anti-China statements are either faceless or fake accounts. They appear to have been created by Indians to increase anti-China sentiments in Bhutan.
These members also promote Indian products, services and glorify Bhutan-India relations. Any negative comments on India get heavy criticism.The forum is also used as a platform to criticise Nepal and its stance that supports Chinese sentiments. One member Jigme Sonam, who have never posted his personal photo to the Facebook profile, claims Nepal is losing sovereignty to China and losing its friendship with India.