Sheikh Hasina’s dilemma

Mar 29, 2017
The idea of exclusive sphere of influence of India and China with “No Entry” sign for the other is an outdated concept
Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India during April 7-10 is turning out to be perhaps her most important bilateral visit to a country that surrounds Bangladesh from three sides, making it the only neighbor in all but physical sense.
It is now known that the Bangladeshi leader turned down the Indian request for a 25-year defense treaty. In its place there will likely be now a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on several related issues including purchase of equipment and weapons needed for UN peacekeeping, disaster response and management, land mine detector, spare parts for Russian Migs, etc. For all this India appears willing to extend US $500 million in credit.
Indian leaders, policymakers and even the media agree that Sheikh Hasina’s government has gone far beyond the extra mile possible to improve Bangladesh-India relations.
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