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Bangladesh hesitant on IPS
Raheed Ejaz | Update: 14:41, Apr 01, 2018

http://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/news/173438/Bangladesh-hesitant-on-IPS

Washington has not yet tabled a formal proposal to Bangladesh as to how the latter could be a part of its Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Dhaka will take its time, despite it being a priority issue for US president Donald Trump’s aide Lisa Curtis, who had recently visited Bangladesh.

During her meetings with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Lisa Curtis broached the issue, but on both occasions, she was told that Bangladesh would see the documents first and then make a move, diplomats say.

Lisa Curtis, deputy assistant to the US president and senior director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council, visited Bangladesh in the first week of March.

During her visit, she put focused on the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh’s inclusion in IPS and the upcoming national elections.

However, during her talks with the prime minister’s security adviser Tarique Ahmed Siddiqui, she stressed strengthening security ties between the countries and procurement of arms from the US.

She wanted to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, but she was given a cold shoulder. The PM’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi met her instead.

While speaking on the IPS and Bangladesh’s inclusion, Lisa mentioned the joint declaration by US president Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that had wanted Bangladesh to be a part of the instrument.

When asked, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said, “Yes she did say that the Trump administration wants Bangladesh in the IPS. But we have told her that we need to look into the details. So, we have asked them how the US will implement this and what role Bangladesh will play.”

Former Bangladesh ambassador to the US, M Humayun Kabir, said, “I think there is a negative aspect to this policy, which is to contain China. The US wants to serve their own interests, but we have to make it a win-win situation. We have to see how this will benefit us. Besides, it has to be competitive not combative. Both the US and China are our close allies, so we better wait andsee what happens.”



China now has access to South Asia through the deep seaports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which has certainly become a concern for the US. The Bangladesh visit of Chinese president Xi Jin Ping in 2016 and his pledge to make huge investments have further intensified the concern. So, there is no doubt that IPS is just another means to keep China in check.

However, the US cannot rival the huge investments China has been flaunting. It is uneasy over the increasing ties between the two Asian countries.

But Bangladesh has made it clear that it will be with nations that help it in its development. The way the US is moving forward with the IPS, Bangladesh has to make a move, sooner or later.

Experts say Bangladesh will take time and analyse the situation before committing to the IPS.

Over the last decade, US has further strengthened its ties with Bangladesh in combating terrorism and militancy and Lisa Curtis expressed her satisfaction to this end.

During her meeting with Tarique Ahmed Siddique, the prime minister's security adviser, Lisa stressed defense and security cooperation between the nations. She also recommended buying arms from the US.

She stressed faster exchange of information between the countries to better combat terrorism. If both the parties can exchange list of suspects, it will make the fight easier, she said. Dhaka said it has to be done within a legal framework.

Tarique sought US help to augment the ability of Bangladesh’s defense forces.

Major General (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman, a prominent security analyst and president of research organisation Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (BIPSS), told Prothom Alo, “The policy the US is talking about has to have more clarity. For our own interest we want to work with everyone. We cannot join an initiative that goes against anyone. We have to make the best use of our geographical position cashing in on the changes that are imminent in relation to maritime cooperation. But first we have to take stand on principle, deciding which way we should go.”



*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.
 

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BD shouldn't be part of it if all it does is serve US's interest. BD has to have development gain in order to even consider a proposal whose purpose is to solely contain China, a country that is investing a lot in BD's development. I don't see the US doing any development in BD. Why should BD take part in any measure that is counter to one of our top investor country China.
 

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BD shouldn't be part of it if all it does is serve US's interest. BD has to have development gain in order to even consider a proposal whose purpose is to solely contain China, a country that is investing a lot in BD's development. I don't see the US doing any development in BD. Why should BD take part in any measure that is counter to one of our top investor country China.

China has opened it's market to BD since 2010 and we have seen results of an average of 30% export growth to hit 1 billion US dollars this year.
China has already invested 10 billion US dollars in BD and has agreed to another 5 billion US dollars. At least another 20 billion US dollars will come in over the next decade.
China is also assisting BD by selling arms and is also transferring technology to allow BD to build weapons in-house.

BD must never be part of any containment strategy against China both for it's own interests, and for the fact that a strong China is also good for humanity at large by creating a more balanced world.

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BD shouldn't be part of it if all it does is serve US's interest. BD has to have development gain in order to even consider a proposal whose purpose is to solely contain China, a country that is investing a lot in BD's development. I don't see the US doing any development in BD. Why should BD take part in any measure that is counter to one of our top investor country China.
USA and Europe are your primary export markets. You are in no position to pick a fight with them
 

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China has opened it's market to BD since 2010 and we have seen results of an average of 30% export growth to hit 1 billion US dollars this year.
China has already invested 10 billion US dollars in BD and has agreed to another 5 billion US dollars. At least another 20 billion US dollars will come in over the next decade.
China is also assisting BD by selling arms and is also transferring technology to allow BD to build weapons in-house.

BD must never be part of any containment strategy against China both for it's own interests, and for the fact that a strong China is also good for humanity at large by creating a more balanced world.

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compare exports to china versus exports to USA/EU
 

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USA and Europe are your primary export markets. You are in no position to pick a fight with them
EU and US government doesn't buy anything, it's the companies based on those market that do. We also don't have GSP facility in US, so US is in zero position to do anything, unless they want to put an extra tariff on BD? Which is not only unlikely to ever happen, it would also be ridiculous to even consider.

As I said, the government isn't helping us with anything and neither the companies. The companies make their products in BD and then imports them to wherever they want to sell. OTOH, China is investing in development projects.
 

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Bangladesh hesitant on IPS
Raheed Ejaz | Update: 14:41, Apr 01, 2018

http://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/news/173438/Bangladesh-hesitant-on-IPS

Washington has not yet tabled a formal proposal to Bangladesh as to how the latter could be a part of its Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Dhaka will take its time, despite it being a priority issue for US president Donald Trump’s aide Lisa Curtis, who had recently visited Bangladesh.

During her meetings with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Lisa Curtis broached the issue, but on both occasions, she was told that Bangladesh would see the documents first and then make a move, diplomats say.

Lisa Curtis, deputy assistant to the US president and senior director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council, visited Bangladesh in the first week of March.

During her visit, she put focused on the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh’s inclusion in IPS and the upcoming national elections.

However, during her talks with the prime minister’s security adviser Tarique Ahmed Siddiqui, she stressed strengthening security ties between the countries and procurement of arms from the US.

She wanted to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, but she was given a cold shoulder. The PM’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi met her instead.

While speaking on the IPS and Bangladesh’s inclusion, Lisa mentioned the joint declaration by US president Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that had wanted Bangladesh to be a part of the instrument.

When asked, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said, “Yes she did say that the Trump administration wants Bangladesh in the IPS. But we have told her that we need to look into the details. So, we have asked them how the US will implement this and what role Bangladesh will play.”

Former Bangladesh ambassador to the US, M Humayun Kabir, said, “I think there is a negative aspect to this policy, which is to contain China. The US wants to serve their own interests, but we have to make it a win-win situation. We have to see how this will benefit us. Besides, it has to be competitive not combative. Both the US and China are our close allies, so we better wait andsee what happens.”



China now has access to South Asia through the deep seaports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which has certainly become a concern for the US. The Bangladesh visit of Chinese president Xi Jin Ping in 2016 and his pledge to make huge investments have further intensified the concern. So, there is no doubt that IPS is just another means to keep China in check.

However, the US cannot rival the huge investments China has been flaunting. It is uneasy over the increasing ties between the two Asian countries.

But Bangladesh has made it clear that it will be with nations that help it in its development. The way the US is moving forward with the IPS, Bangladesh has to make a move, sooner or later.

Experts say Bangladesh will take time and analyse the situation before committing to the IPS.

Over the last decade, US has further strengthened its ties with Bangladesh in combating terrorism and militancy and Lisa Curtis expressed her satisfaction to this end.

During her meeting with Tarique Ahmed Siddique, the prime minister's security adviser, Lisa stressed defense and security cooperation between the nations. She also recommended buying arms from the US.

She stressed faster exchange of information between the countries to better combat terrorism. If both the parties can exchange list of suspects, it will make the fight easier, she said. Dhaka said it has to be done within a legal framework.

Tarique sought US help to augment the ability of Bangladesh’s defense forces.

Major General (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman, a prominent security analyst and president of research organisation Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (BIPSS), told Prothom Alo, “The policy the US is talking about has to have more clarity. For our own interest we want to work with everyone. We cannot join an initiative that goes against anyone. We have to make the best use of our geographical position cashing in on the changes that are imminent in relation to maritime cooperation. But first we have to take stand on principle, deciding which way we should go.”



*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.
Apparently Hasina didn't even meet her.

I think BD should stay away from all these and let India bask in their moment of triumph.
 

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EU and US government doesn't buy anything, it's the companies based on those market that do. We also don't have GSP facility in US, so US is in zero position to do anything, unless they want to put an extra tariff on BD? Which is not only unlikely to ever happen, it would also be ridiculous to even consider.

As I said, the government isn't helping us with anything and neither the companies. The companies make their products in BD and then imports them to wherever they want to sell. OTOH, China is investing in development projects.
If your alliance with China threatens their security they will cut off your access to their markets
Their companies have a choice of making their product anywhere - not with a Chinese friend
 

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She wanted to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, but she was given a cold shoulder. The PM’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi met her instead.
LOL
While speaking on the IPS and Bangladesh’s inclusion, Lisa mentioned the joint declaration by US president Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that had wanted Bangladesh to be a part of the instrument.
Want doesn't get.
When asked, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said, “Yes she did say that the Trump administration wants Bangladesh in the IPS. But we have told her that we need to look into the details. So, we have asked them how the US will implement this and what role Bangladesh will play.”
Not being a blind follower is the key.
Former Bangladesh ambassador to the US, M Humayun Kabir, said, “I think there is a negative aspect to this policy, which is to contain China. The US wants to serve their own interests, but we have to make it a win-win situation. We have to see how this will benefit us. Besides, it has to be competitive not combative. Both the US and China are our close allies, so we better wait and see what happens.”
Experts say Bangladesh will take time and analyse the situation before committing to the IPS.
:agree:
She also recommended buying arms from the US.
Any discount offer?
USA and Europe are your primary export markets. You are in no position to pick a fight with them
Where are we picking a fight?
If your alliance with China threatens their security they will cut off your access to their markets
Why would it threaten their security? US companies are heavily invested in China to begin with. Not like US provides any special facility for BD products. A lot of countries have strong economic alliance with China. This is Asia, not Europe or North America. Picking a fight with China isn't the best option here.
 

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