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#China To Help #Bangladesh Build Submarine Base, Senior Official Says - Last I've heard it was going to be #India that was going to help to set up the sub base...... benarnews.org/english/news/b…
Beijing will help Bangladesh construct its first submarine base, but Chinese subs will not use the facility, a leading member of parliamentary committees on foreign policy and defense told BenarNews on Thursday.
The future base will house two Chinese-made submarines purchased by Dhaka from Beijing in 2016, retired Col. Faruk Khan said, adding that Bangladesh was not taking sides in a regional rivalry between India and China.
The facility will be built in a southeastern district on the Bay of Bengal and financed by Bangladesh, he said. “We are going to construct a submarine base in Cox’s Bazar with Chinese assistance. We have procured two submarines from China, so we need a submarine base.
Unless we build a base, where will the submarines be stationed,” said Khan, a senior official of the ruling Awami League and chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs.
“The Chinese will help us build the base & training to our personnel to operate the submarines & base. The Chinese submarines will not come here. The base is for our submarines,” confirming the first Chinese involvement in the building of a naval facility in the country.
The two submarines that Dhaka purchased for U.S. $205 million are berthed at a Bangladeshi naval base in Chittagong, navy officials said. Dhaka has not signed an agreement with Beijing for the submarine facility’s construction, Khan added.
Asked to respond to Indian media reports suggesting that Bangladesh, India’s longtime ally, was now siding with China against its next-door neighbor, Faruk Khan replied that his country “is not tilted toward India or China.”
“We have friendly relations with both India and China.
So, is not true that Bangladesh is aligned with China against India, & vice versa,” he said, “Our policy is friendship to all, malice to none. There will always be a fight between big powers for dominance. But I think no big power could influence us for their interests” he added.
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