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Chinese defence minister seeks to boost ties with Bangladesh

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  1. bongbang

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    Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan’s recent high-profile trip to Bangladesh further highlights the intensifying geo-political rivalry in the region.

    Chang, who was accompanied by a 39-member delegation, met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Abdul Hamid and senior defence officials, including the Bangladesh army, navy and air force chiefs.

    The May 28–30 visit followed indications that the Bangladesh government might be accommodating to economic and political pressures from India and Japan. In line with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, India and Japan are attempting to undermine Chinese influence throughout the region.

    China, however, remains Bangladesh’s main supplier of military hardware, its largest trading partner and continues to make large investments in the country.

    During his meeting with Prime Minister Hasina, Chang said China wanted to “expand strategic relations with Bangladesh,” including deepening bilateral cooperation and increasing military exchanges and personnel training in new equipment technology.

    According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, since 2010 Beijing has supplied Dhaka with five maritime patrol vessels, two corvettes, 44 tanks, and 16 fighter jets, as well as surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. Dhaka has also ordered new Ming-class submarines that will join the Bangladesh fleet later this year.

    Hasina told Chang that Bangladesh wanted to strengthen its cooperation with China, especially in the fields of economy, agriculture, and infrastructure. She also said that her government would continue working with Beijing on the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor, which aims to increase trade and economic activity in the region.

    Dhaka is highly dependent on Chinese investment. China currently has a $705 million contract to build a two-lane under-water tunnel connecting Chittagong port and Karnaphuli River Valley. In early May, the Hasina government also approved the $4.47 billion Padma Bridge rail link project. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which was initiated by Beijing, recently granted a $66 million loan for two power distribution projects and the improvement of transmission lines in Bangladesh.

    Chinese investors are also keen to shift labour-intensive industries, such as garment manufacturing, to Bangladesh in order to exploit its cheap labour. Bangladeshi wages—in manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors—are less than one-fourth of those in China and half of that in India.

    Under pressure from the US, India and Japan are attempting to undercut the relations between Beijing and Dhaka.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh last year and signed a number of significant agreements, including a long delayed Land Boundary Agreement demarcating borders and river water sharing between the two countries. Modi also promised to provide $2 billion in loans.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited Bangladesh Prime minister Hasina to attend last month’s outreach meeting during the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan. Abe promised Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina that he would release $1.5 billion this year from a $5 billion loan agreed during his visit to Bangladesh in 2014.

    Bangladesh industry has grown rapidly over the past decade but the country does not have a deep-water port. Recent years has seen intense competition between India, Japan and China for various seaport contracts in the country. A June 7 article in the Diplomat commented that Bangladesh lacked a deep-water seaport “not because of a lack of options, a deficit of investors” but because “many powerful players are pushing for too many contending plans …”

    Bangladesh had previously agreed to assign the Sonadia seaport development to China. However, Hasina did not sign the scheduled agreement when she visited Beijing in 2014 because of pressure from the US and India.

    One of the reasons given by the government was that Japan would build a new port in Matabari, a few kilometres away from Sonadia. Beijing said it wanted to develop another port at Payra. Last month Bangladesh, signed a contract with a Dutch company to build the Payra port.

    In 2005, an internal report produced for the then US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, said that China’s plans for Chittagong harbour were part of Beijing’s “string of pearls” that also involved a Chinese-built port at Gwadar in Pakistan, and facilities in Myanmar, Cambodia and the South China Sea.

    New Delhi, as a strategic partner of Washington and rival of Beijing, now claims that China is encircling India under its “string of pearl strategy.” And in line with Washington’s “pivot” against China, Japan is backing US provocations in the South China Sea and supporting the territorial claims of Vietnam and Philippines.

    Under conditions of sharpening geo-political tensions created by Washington’s pivot, Dhaka’s ability to manoeuvre between the major powers to advance its interests is becoming increasingly limited.

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/16/bang-j16.html
     
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    If Bangladeshis want to retain their true identity they must establish close ties with China. Best wishes from Pakistan.:rolleyes:
     
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    We have close ties with China as it's still the largest source of military equipment for Bangladesh.
     
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    That is the way to go, China can be the real ally of Bangladesh.
     
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    Heheh bangladesh better not try something stupid.
     
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    :haha::haha::haha:
     
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    :blah::blah::blah:......:lol:.....:rofl:....
     
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    Do you mind elaborating on your term stupid?

    So, no weapons deal this time around? Seriously those t59 are not worth buying anymore. Are they getting any good tanks? Why doesn't Bangladesh even try attempting to build their own tanks... With assistance? We need tanks. A lot of em.

    Ps.my profile pic is a is7. Possibly the best armored tank in world of tanks game. Just hide the lower glacis and no one in the fucking world. Even 183mm British td can't dish damage. Well ofc apcr shells can pen you through.
     
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    We are also economically very connected with China, there have been numerous Chinese investments throughout Bangladesh, especially in Chittagong. China will build an underwater tunnel and a special economic zone in Chittagong. Chittagong is being developed modeled after Shanghai.
     
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    Thanks for posting the article @bongbang

    So many inaccuracies, where do I begin??

    Of course entire article written by a cheap media hack, and making a mountain out of a molehill as usual.

    These are refurbished 40 year old subs, big friggin' deal. While India boasts their own Nuclear sub program (two boats as of now) and some dozen plus Kilo subs. See the irony?

    China will be Bangladesh' ally not solely because of strategic interest - but because of need. Economic activity on the low value-added category (like garments) is the engine of any large emerging economy.

    The Japanese throwing Bangladesh a bone once in a while (like a few billion dollars here and there) doesn't (shouldn't) impress us when our is a 200 Billion plus economy now. By the time 2020 rolls around, I don't reasonably see why we should not be a trillion dollar economy. The main driver of this industrial growth on our shores has mainly been the Chinese. They are our development partners and not the Japanese.

    The Japanese had a chance some twenty years ago when they could have transferred their dirty, dangerous and sunset industries down to our shores in the various EPZ's. They didn't. JICA was sitting on their hands for twenty or more years....so its too late now. All we hear from the Japanese are promises and promises. Their technology might be good but their govt. overseas investment policy really needs some improvements.

    Instead they invested in Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand.

    If Bangladesh has to choose between China and Japan, it has to be China now. That is where our pivot is and our position of leverage and strength. Choosing Japan won't help us at all.

    Bhat chhitailey kaker obhab hoina.

    In other words spread enough seed around, there are no shortage of birds...but true friends are always true friends.

    The contract with the Dutch company is only for deep dredging of the approach channel. The port infrastructure is still going to be Chinese contractors I believe. This Indian guy's information as usual is half-baked.

    Written by another Bhartiya media hack I presume. 'String of pearls' my foot.

    How do these paranoid media hacks sleep at night? Everyone is trying to attack and encircle India. What is there of value in India to take? Now my Bangladeshi brethren, take it easy on the Indians....:P
     
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    China since its recognition of BD has established itself as our greatest friend. That won't change. We must seek ever closer ties with Beijing as our national interests are auspiciously aligned
     
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    The subs nbangladesh got were made in late 90s.
     
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    With that shitty gun...cringe...horrible accuracy...horrible aim time..and horrible penn..:tsk:
     
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    The MBT-2000 wasn't up to standard from what I heard. There are plans to induct a new tank and induction of more tank regiments. Type of tank and country supplying them is unknown.

    I'd rather go with my Leopard.

    Not as shitty as the E-100...
     
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