NA Desk – July 25, 2021
Islamabad: China quickly moved with a $400 billion alternate long term and much more secure BRI plus Military agreements with Iran. And are now making plans with Bangladesh.
Further, It solves many problems in one go: A cheaper and much more easily/quickly doable replacement of CPEC.??
With most of the work already done in Myanmar. Bypassing India. While completing a total encirclement of India. With Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim etc already firmly in the anti India and pro China camp. And China itself in control of Indian Ladakh, and overseeing Indian Kashmir. It’s overseeing India and Indian held Kashmir through Tibet and its own Chinese Kashmir, Pakistani Kashmir etc.
Why Bangladesh (BD)? Because China already has almost completed its BRI projects in Myanmar (next door to BD). By resolving the Rohingya issue, China can easily solve the ‘Achilles heal’ of BD. BD has already received massive investments (not loans) in Industry from China. BD and China trade is massive. It can further quickly and easily multiply if China has access to the Bay of Bengal. This China can do by building a few extra miles of roads etc from Myanmar. Which is a quick and cheap solution.
China plans way ahead. They saw the rapid moves by the establishment to ‘ease out’ the ‘pro rapid CPEC’ govt that is the PMLN Govt., as a threat to CPEC. They saw that the puppet Govt replacing PMLN is full of decision makers (in the cabinet and key positions) that have vested interests/investments/families etc and therefore loyalties with the US. ThIs Includes the current CPEC Chairman Salim Bajwa.
And what does BD gain from it: A BD backed by China ensures that the bully India remains under control. India will be very hesitant to strong arm it’s hegemony over the rivers flowing into BD from India. As these ‘Indian’ rivers actually flow into India from China and Chinese controlled territories. Besides massively multiplying trade with China, BD will also have access to the Far Eastern markets etc via the Chinese BRI. Which BRI is already either complete or in advanced stages in Myanmar, Vietnam and so on.
China has planned and worked way ahead of what people think it’s dependence on CPEC is. With alrernates in place now, China can keep on bleeding the West and anti China development forces. One obvious way is to bleed them by letting Pakistan remain a ‘battleground.’ The question is: How will Pakistan come out of being an Afghanistan style battle-ground? As money is the biggest coward. Therefore, forget about even Pakistanis, let alone FDI, investing in an unstable Pakistan. The answers have to be practical and quick. But will the current puppets and pro-West establishment / decision makers move to save Pakistan?
China and Bangladesh
In 2013, the closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh continued to grow with exchanges and cooperation deepened in various fields.
Exchanges between the two countries were close at all levels, and political mutual trust was enhanced. In July, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in Brunei during the East Asian Foreign Ministers’ Meetings. In September, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New York during the UN General Assembly. In the same month, Vice President Li Yuanchao met Speaker of the Bangladeshi National Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury in Kunming on the sidelines of the “International Day of Peace 2013 and China-South Asia Peace and Development Forum”. In June, Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque visited China. In the same month, Bangladeshi Minister of Industries Dilip Barua and International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Gowher Rizvi attended the first China-South Asia Expo as representatives of the guest of honor nation. In October, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni visited China, during which she met with Vice President Li Yuanchao and had talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In December, Foreign Secretary Haque attended the first meeting of the BCIM Economic Corridor’s joint study group in Kunming.
The two countries had active party-to-party and military-to-military exchanges. In August, General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladeshi Army, visited China. Chinese Navy hospital ship “Peace Ark” visited Chittagong. In September, Chief of Air Staff of the Bangladeshi Air Force Muhammad Enamul Bari visited China. The Young Cadre Delegation of the Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party and leaders of left-wing parties visited China respectively.
Business cooperation yielded fruitful results, and the bilateral trade volume grew rapidly. Projects undertaken by the Chinese side, including the Padma Water Treatment Plant and the Shahjalal Fertilizer Company, made smooth progress. The 3G network project was officially put into commercial operation.
Consular relations between the two countries continued to grow, and cultural exchanges further deepened. In October, the Bangladeshi Consulate- General in Kunming was inaugurated, bringing greater convenience to friendly people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Signature cultural events such as the “Happy Chinese New Year” activities and the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese proficiency competition for college students were held as usual.
What the Chinese foreign affairs ministry carries on Bangladesh 🇧🇩. It is also reproduced here.