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New king vows to shield Bhutan in globalised world

Bhutan’s new king vowed Friday to shield his remote and traditionally insular Himalayan nation from the negative forces of globalization. In a speech the day after his lavish coronation ceremony, 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck said he would protect the landlocked country’s unique culture and traditions by pursuing the principle of ‘Gross National Happiness.’ “My deepest concern is that as the world changes we may lose these fundamental values on which we rest our character as a nation and people,” King Wangchuck, now the world’s youngest reigning monarch, said in a speech to tens of thousands of people. Full Story

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