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India, Bangladesh boost defense ties to counterweigh China

India, Bangladesh boost defense ties to counterweigh China
New Delhi wants to position itself as a regional power

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India and Bangladesh Strengthen Defense Ties with New Agreements

During Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India, the two countries signed agreements to expand cooperation in maritime security, ocean economy, and space and telecommunication sectors. This move comes as India aims to position itself as a regional power and a counterweight to China. Bangladesh has also decided to join India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative, which aims to facilitate regional cooperation among India’s maritime neighbors. The two countries also discussed boosting the sharing of river waters and cooperation in the power and energy sectors. Additionally, India has loaned Bangladesh $8 billion in the last eight years to help expand its infrastructure. However, an agreement on sharing the waters of the River Teesta remains elusive, and the issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh to India continues to impact bilateral ties. Trade between the two countries touched $15.9 billion in the financial year 2022-23, with India being Bangladesh’s largest export destination in Asia.

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