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The United States has said it is "excited" to work with Bangladesh under Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS), terming Bangladesh a huge country with incredible opportunities.

US South and Central Asia Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Stone and US Deputy Chief of Mission in Dhaka JoAnne Wagner shared their views focusing on the IPS at a webinar on Tuesday evening.

"Bangladesh is a success story (on many fronts). We’re very grateful for Bangladesh's commitment," said Stone.

They said the US will continue to partner with Bangladesh as the country has an essential role to play.

"We are very excited about working with Bangladesh under the auspices of IPS and also in terms of our bilateral relationship," Wagner said adding that opportunities are incredible in Bangladesh.

They explained why Bangladesh is important and mentioned its strategic location, it's over 160 million people and market.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh will effectively remain engaged in any future 'Indo-Pacific Alliance' for its economic aspects.

"We're sure we'll be effectively engaged in any future Indo-Pacific Alliance if it's found to be purely economic in nature," he said adding that Bangladesh has already joined China's BRI.

Asked whether the IPS is an initiative to contain any other country, the US officials ruled out such perception.

In December last year, the United States said they have no issue with Bangladesh in improving relations with other countries mentioning that its IPS is not a direct counter to China or China's BRI (Belt and Road Initiative).

"We expect Bangladesh will have good relations with its neighbours and we've no issue with Bangladesh in improving relations with other countries," said US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver.

The US said IPS is a free, open and inclusive vision, and they seek "stronger" defence relationship and closer partnership with Bangladesh.

In November 2017, US President Donald Trump outlined a vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific in which all countries prosper alongside as sovereign, independent states.

This vision is based on values that have underpinned peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific for generations, according to the US government.

It said free, fair, and reciprocal trade, open investment environments, good governance, and freedom of the seas are goals shared by all who wish to prosper in a free and open future.

Both Stone and Wagner at the webinar laid emphasis on broader partnership and promoting economic prosperity.

They also put importance on people to people relations saying investment needs to be made in this regard.

The US officials expressed optimism that the goals for deeper partnership will be turned into reality.

On the Rohingya issue, the US officials laid emphasis on a "durable solution" to the Rohingya crisis saying the Rohingya people deserve return to their home in Rakhine.

They said the US is absolutely committed to a solution to the Rohingya crisis and emphasised creating a conducive environment for their safe, sustainable, voluntary and dignified repatriation.

Bangladesh has provided temporary shelter to over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district.

 

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BD needs to play the balancing act between China and the West and extract the most out of it.

We need China and the West to counter India and Burma respectively.
 
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Indo-Pacific block is raised one and only reason that is for containment of China. "Bangladesh" should not place itself in any anti Chinese block. Bangladesh has much to lose than anything to gain. It seems current regime realizes that reality. Even in india some sane voices raised question about long term relevance of such block and effectiveness.

Besides, US is a declining power and from outside the region. Even ASEAN nations who has maritime border dispute with China, stayed away from US led grouping game.
 

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BD always has been and shall be playing a balancing act by not taking sides. Yet it also has ties with all three countries and has extensive trade ties with India and China.

Therefore, BD must be strategic and utilize the US to counter Myanmar.

This in itself can be made to serve US interests without BD being against China. From the US' perspective, Myanmar is used to supply China gas through a pipeline from Sittwe gas field, and another oil pipeline is used for transiting Middle East oil so that China can bypass the Malacca Strait and South China Sea. Hurting Myanmar means hurting that backdoor for China.
 

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My only thing is why support an outside powers interference in your backyard? Grow with your regions power and integrate Militarily and Economically, and not fall into the trap. I’ve seen the trend of Asians turning more towards the West one to many times when we don’t share any cultural or ethics traits with them.
 

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The United States has said it is "excited" to work with Bangladesh under Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS), terming Bangladesh a huge country with incredible opportunities.

US South and Central Asia Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Stone and US Deputy Chief of Mission in Dhaka JoAnne Wagner shared their views focusing on the IPS at a webinar on Tuesday evening.

"Bangladesh is a success story (on many fronts). We’re very grateful for Bangladesh's commitment," said Stone.

They said the US will continue to partner with Bangladesh as the country has an essential role to play.

"We are very excited about working with Bangladesh under the auspices of IPS and also in terms of our bilateral relationship," Wagner said adding that opportunities are incredible in Bangladesh.

They explained why Bangladesh is important and mentioned its strategic location, it's over 160 million people and market.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh will effectively remain engaged in any future 'Indo-Pacific Alliance' for its economic aspects.

"We're sure we'll be effectively engaged in any future Indo-Pacific Alliance if it's found to be purely economic in nature," he said adding that Bangladesh has already joined China's BRI.

Asked whether the IPS is an initiative to contain any other country, the US officials ruled out such perception.

In December last year, the United States said they have no issue with Bangladesh in improving relations with other countries mentioning that its IPS is not a direct counter to China or China's BRI (Belt and Road Initiative).

"We expect Bangladesh will have good relations with its neighbours and we've no issue with Bangladesh in improving relations with other countries," said US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver.

The US said IPS is a free, open and inclusive vision, and they seek "stronger" defence relationship and closer partnership with Bangladesh.

In November 2017, US President Donald Trump outlined a vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific in which all countries prosper alongside as sovereign, independent states.

This vision is based on values that have underpinned peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific for generations, according to the US government.

It said free, fair, and reciprocal trade, open investment environments, good governance, and freedom of the seas are goals shared by all who wish to prosper in a free and open future.

Both Stone and Wagner at the webinar laid emphasis on broader partnership and promoting economic prosperity.

They also put importance on people to people relations saying investment needs to be made in this regard.

The US officials expressed optimism that the goals for deeper partnership will be turned into reality.

On the Rohingya issue, the US officials laid emphasis on a "durable solution" to the Rohingya crisis saying the Rohingya people deserve return to their home in Rakhine.

They said the US is absolutely committed to a solution to the Rohingya crisis and emphasised creating a conducive environment for their safe, sustainable, voluntary and dignified repatriation.

Bangladesh has provided temporary shelter to over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district.

bangladesh should have economic ties with all countries without involving itself in any military alliance .
 

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My only thing is why support an outside powers interference in your backyard? Grow with your regions power and integrate Militarily and Economically, and not fall into the trap. I’ve seen the trend of Asians turning more towards the West one to many times when we don’t share any cultural or ethics traits with them.
I agree and that's been our policy since long.

No offence but it's surprising it's coming from Pakistanis, you are a former US ally.
 

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I agree and that's been our policy since long.

No offence but it's surprising it's coming from Pakistanis, you are a former US ally.
Yes and it’s a mistake we are paying till this day —

Had we not fought and wasted our time and lives fighting Soviets, the US and them would still be at it. It was never our war to begin with. It’s a strategic blunder and we plunged the world into the unipolar world and hopefully some how we can fix it.
 
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