Bangladesh buys two Chi­nese sub­marines

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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Bangladesh took de­liv­ery yes­ter­day of its first sub­marines, bought from China, as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Bay of Ben­gal. Bangladesh paid a re­ported $203 mil­lion for the two sub­marines, a deal that re­flects the coun­try’s grow­ing eco­nomic and de­fense ties with Beijing. Armed forces spokes­woman Ta­poshi Rabeya said they would be­come part of the coun­try’s naval fleet at the be­gin­ning of next year. “This is the first ever ad­di­tion of sub­marines in Bangladesh de­fense force,” she said. Bangladesh has been ex­pand­ing its de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties in re­cent years, build­ing a new air­base close to neigh­bor­ing Myan­mar, open­ing sev­eral new mil­i­tary can­ton­ments across the coun­try and adding new frigates to its naval fleet. In 2013 the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina signed a bil­lion-dol­lar deal with Rus­sia to buy fighter train­ing jets, he­li­copters and anti-tank mis­siles. Hasina an­nounced the plan to pur­chase two sub­marines the same year as part of her gov­ern­ment’s move to build a mod­ern navy to de­fend the re­source-rich Bay of Ben­gal.

MANILA: Smoke con­tin­ues to rise from the Ad­di­tion Hills com­mu­nity in sub­ur­ban Mandaluyong city east Manila, Philip­pines, fol­low­ing an overnight fire that de­stroyed hun­dreds of homes. —AP

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