What's new

Bangladesh highlights close ties with India; dismisses `China concerns`

Black_cats

SENIOR MEMBER
Dec 31, 2010
6,757
-5
9,801
Bangladesh highlights close ties with India; dismisses `China concerns`
Siddhant Sibbal Jan 22, 2021, 00:36 AM IST,

Bangladesh highlights close ties with India; dismisses 'China concerns'


Bangladesh`s Minister Shahriar Alam has reaffirmed close ties with India, dismissing concerns of the Chinese trying to influence Dhaka that could impact ties with Delhi. Alam said, `(China) they know the depth and breadth of our relationship with India. The historic bondage.`

New Delhi: Bangladesh's Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam has reaffirmed close ties with India, dismissing concerns of the Chinese trying to influence Dhaka that could impact ties with Delhi.

Speaking at Vivekananda foundation virtually, Alam said, "(China) they know the depth and breadth of our relationship with India. The historic bondage. It is the bondage that delivered and the very creation and Independence of Bangladesh when the blood of soldiers of both the countries was shed that is inseparable and is not comparable with any relation, what so ever."

In 2021, Bangladesh is celebrating 50th year of its independence and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Dhaka in March to take part in celebrations. Both sides have increased closeness, and working in a major way on the connectivity front, reviving pre-1965 rail and road links.

On ties with China and the belt and road initiative, he said, "Our relationship with Beijing is a matter of huge interest to India and everyone else...We see that (BRI) as an economic cooperation initiative and we have not committed to any defence or military initiatives and we haven't found any yet. We see many countries other countries in Europe even and neighbourhood have joined."

He explained, engagement with Beijing has paid "some dividends" in recent times in times in "terms of infrastructure, building facilities that are helping our economic progressions" but "We are under no risk of a debt trap. Our economic fundamentals are strong...We know exactly what we do."

China has been trying to increase its influence in South Asia. Pakistan has been key to China's BRI project in south Asia, with mega China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being heavily invested on by Beijing.

 

bluesky

ELITE MEMBER
Jun 14, 2016
10,333
0
11,616
Country
Bangladesh
Location
Japan
However, we have to understand the job of a State Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is responsible to keep good relationship with all the contesting countries. He cannot just go out of his way to criticize India in favor of China unless a war is imposed by it.

It is natural he is talking India more because BD is taking steps to amend its relationship with Pakistan.
 

Bilal9

ELITE MEMBER
Feb 4, 2014
14,934
2
23,383
Country
Bangladesh
Location
United States
Thank you for the flavor du jour, Mr. Alam, excellent diplomatic chops shown. 8-)
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Total: 1, Members: 0, Guests: 1)


Top Bottom