MORNING BRIEF, 19 SEPTEMBER
As Bangladesh’s relations with India weaken, ties with China strengthen
Bangladesh came into being thanks in part to India: in 1971 its army intervened on the side of separatists battling the Pakistani army in what was then East Pakistan. Ever since, ties between the two countries have been close. But many Bangladeshis have come to see India as a patronising and presumptuous ally. “They don’t really believe that we are independent,” says a Bangladeshi journalist. “They interfere in everything. They think our bureaucrats work for them.” The various anti-Muslim policies of the current Indian government have exacerbated misgivings in Bangladesh, which is 90% Muslim.
The number of Bangladeshis studying in China has grown exponentially in the past few years, says Riaz. The media, too, is being courted. “Seventy percent of the journalists at my paper have been to China,” says a reporter at a financial newspaper, who himself spent ten months in China on a fellowship in 2018. Almost as soon as covid-19 arrived in Bangladesh, so did a team of Chinese doctors sent to help fight the epidemic. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
LAC standoff: Indian options are 'bad, to worse to downright ugly'
India’s options to vacate the occupation of large portions of its territory by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, vary from ‘bad, to worse to downright ugly”, claim two US strategic affairs experts.
According to a paper recently authored for the MIT Centre for International Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts jointly by assistant professors Vipin Narang of MIT and Christopher Clary of Albany University in New York state, this ominous triumvirate of choices India faces to reverse the territorial fait accompli presented by China, are ‘difficult to achieve in practice’. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Turkey defense expo to bring South Asian countries together
The expo, which will be virtual this year due to the ongoing pandemic, will be held between Oct. 26-28, bringing together military delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, promising markets for local defense companies.
Seeking to give the Turkish defense industry a stronger presence in global markets and access to new opportunities, the 6th Defense Port Turkey expo is set for Oct. 26-28 under the name Defense Port Turkey-South Asia.
This year's expo will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Hakan Kurt, the CEO of Capital Exhibition.
The event is expected to bring together more than 80 military delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, Kurt said. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
TikTok to be banned from US app stores from Sunday
TikTok will be removed from US app stores from Sunday as Washington moves to implement executive orders from President Donald Trump that will also target WeChat, a Chinese social media app, according to a person briefed on the plans.
The US commerce department, which will issue the orders, stopped short of forcing Apple and Google to remove the Chinese versions of TikTok and WeChat from their app stores in China. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
FROM BACK ISSUE
India seems to be trying to change the final draft of the Teesta agreement: Ainun Nishat
Nepal doesn't speak to India. India doesn’t speak to Bangladesh. India, Bangladesh and Nepal don’t speak together. Again, the risks we are talking about won’t happen right now. The situation will gradually worsen and the risks will appear 100 years hence.
Even so, there is need for planning and preparation. That is not happening. In March 1972 when the Joint Rivers Commission was set up, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Mrs Indira Gandhi placed most importance on floods. That means from 1972 Bangladesh and India felt the need for joint management of the floods. Now 50 years have passed since then, but what progress has been made? It is all about politics. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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