Indian Army Chief General MM Narwane arrived on a 5-day visit to Dhaka amid China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean. On reaching Dhaka, he was greeted with a guard of honor. During this time he met with the Air Force and Naval Chiefs of Bangladesh and also discussed bilateral relations. Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, the Army Chief’s arrival in Dhaka is being described as very important.
Indian army chief will remain in Dhaka for next 5 days
General Narwane also paid tribute to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs of Bangladesh in Dhaka. He has come to Bangladesh on a five-day visit with the aim of further strengthening the close ties between the armed forces of the two countries. Narwane arrived in Dhaka at the invitation of Bangladesh Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed. A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the neighboring country.
Meeting with Bangladesh Navy and Air Force Chief
The Indian Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG PI) said on Twitter that General Narwane met Admiral M. Shaheen Iqbal, the chief of the Bangladeshi Navy, and discussed with him various topics of mutual interest. After a conversation with Admiral Iqbal, the Indian Army Chief met the acting Chief of the country’s Air Force.
Both countries will strengthen mutual relations
In another tweet, ADG PI said that General Narwane met Air Vice Marshal M Abul Bashar who is also the acting chief of the Bangladesh Air Force. They discussed topics of bilateral defense cooperation. The Directorate General of Additional Public Information tweeted that General Narwane paid tribute to the martyrs of the freedom struggle on Shikha Anirban on the first day of his five-day visit today.
It is being told that General Narwane will also attend the concluding ceremony of Shanti Agrasena, a joint military exercise going on from April 4 to 12 under the aegis of the United Nations. General Narwane will meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin on 11 April. The army chief may also visit the Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi where he will pay homage to the father of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s proximity to China is increasing
Bangladesh’s attitude has changed a bit after Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister again. Now he is paying attention to Infra Projects of China. Last year, Bangladesh awarded the contract for the airport terminal at Sylhet to the Chinese company. While Sylhet is adjacent to the north-east border of India and is considered a sensitive area. With its help, China was planning to keep an eye on the entire North East region of India.
China wants to make its presence in Bay of Bengal
China wants to make its presence in the Bay of Bengal to surround India. This is why the military coup in Myanmar has been criticized by the whole world but, China has favored Myanmar’s army at every step. It vetoed a resolution criticizing the Myanmar military in the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council. Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s government was not approving China’s projects, affecting China’s dream of reaching Bangladesh.
China has invested $ 26 billion in Bangladesh
Significantly, China has invested $ 26 billion in Bangladesh, while it has committed to invest $ 38 billion. With this, Bangladesh has joined the countries where China has invested the most in infrastructure. Bangladesh imports around $ 15 billion from China. While the price of goods exported from Bangladesh to China is much lower than that of imports.
China made 97 percent of Bangladesh’s products tax free
China, which is playing economic diplomacy with India’s neighbors, announced the withdrawal of tax on 97 percent of Bangladesh’s products. This huge announcement by China was described by the diplomats of Gadgad Bangladesh as a milestone in the relations of Beijing and Dhaka. Bangladesh’s foreign ministry had said that 97 percent of commodities, including fisheries and leather products, have been exempted from Chinese tariffs.