CHINA AND BANGLADESH STRENGTHEN DE­FENCE CO­OP­ER­A­TION

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES / NEWS IN BRIEF -

The Chi­nese and Bangladeshi De­fence Min­istries have signed a se­ries of agree­ments to help en­hance Bangladesh’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Signed with the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the Bangladesh Univer­sity of Pro­fes­sion­als (BUP) dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Dhaka Can­ton­ment, the four agree­ments will see China pro­vide mil­i­tary sup­port, in­clud­ing train­ing and lo­gis­tics, to the Bangladeshi Army, ac­cord­ing to an In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) press re­lease. In ad­di­tion, they cover the pro­vi­sion of as­sis­tance for the es­tab­lish­ment of a lan­guage lab­o­ra­tory at BUP, which is run by the coun­try’s armed forces. Chi­nese Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion Vice Chair­man Gen­eral Xu Qil­iang, who led a 21-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion to the cer­e­mony, was quoted by the Daily Star as say­ing that China wants to add a new di­men­sion to the al­ready friendly re­la­tion­ship it shares with Dhaka. The four agree­ments will see the Chi­nese pro­vide mil­i­tary sup­port, in­clud­ing train­ing and lo­gis­tics, to the Bangladeshi Army. The Bangladeshi Prime Min­is­ter’s spe­cial as­sis­tant Mah­bubul Hoque Shakil told bd­news24.com that China is look­ing to help the coun­try mod­ernise and strengthen its armed forces. The mu­tual re­la­tions be­tween the Bangladeshi and Chi­nese ar­mies started with the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties 40 years ago. China has emerged as the big­gest weapons sup­plier to Bangladesh over the past five years. A wide range of mil­i­tary equip­ment, in­clud­ing anti-ship mis­siles, tanks, fighter air­crafts and other arms, was pro­cured by Bangladesh be­tween 2008 and 2012, ac­cord­ing to the Swe­den-based think tank SIPRI re­port.

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