India warns U.S. too much pressure may lure Bangladesh closer to China

India warns U.S. too much pressure may lure Bangladesh closer to China

IN recent interactions, Indian authorities have expressed their concerns to U.S. officials stating that excessive pressure on the issue of free and fair elections could lead to unintended consequences.

Indian officials made the warning after the US threatened to impose possible visa sanctions against Bangladeshi individuals linked to actions that undermine the electoral process.

The Indian side also warned that such pressure might inadvertently empower extremist elements and destabilize the region.

Aside from threats of visa sanctions, the US also imposed sanctions on Bangladesh’s paramilitary force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and senior officials in December 2021.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping showed support for India’s concerns for Bangladesh during his meeting with Prime Minister Hasina on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

During the meeting, Xi supported Bangladesh’s stance against external interference and emphasized mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs.

Over the years, China has been the number one provider of military personnel training and military hardware to Bangladesh. Both countries have established nearly 50 years of diplomatic ties and their strategic partnership was further enhanced through the Belt and Road Initiative.

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