China-Bangladesh Relation: a Quest for Bangladesh’s Integrating into Sino-Myanmar Connectivity
Md Saiful Alam
This paper attempts to investigate the necessity of improved China-Bangladesh relation to integrating into Sino-Myanmar connectivity following qualitative research methodology and secondary literature. To realise Bangladesh’s economic dream and attain its geostrategic priority, she needs to extend her connectivity with the Southeast and East Asian countries. Though Bangladesh maintains excellent relationships with her giant neighbour India, it is conjectured that sole reliance of Bangladesh over India is perhaps not enough to fulfil her vision. However, to reach out to the east, she needs to fortify her relationship with her other neighbour Myanmar as the gateway. A sustained and stable relation with Myanmar opens the scope for Bangladesh to tread into Sino-Myanmar connectivity, which will eventually assist Bangladesh to attain her dream. Here comes the role of China, which traditionally has a time-tested bond with Myanmar. Bangladesh has a deep-rooted historical tie with China which leaves room for Bangladesh to exploit in the fields of economy, foreign policy, energy security and geostrategic issues. Bangladesh has much to gain from China by integrating herself into a good number of China-led regional initiatives. Good relation with China is essential for Bangladesh to integrate into Sino-Myanmar connectivity, which is vital to realise her dream. However, while Bangladesh needs to make India believe that whatever relations she is fostering with China is only for her economic progress, not for challenging India’s hegemony.
Keywords: Economic dream, gateway, geostrategic priority, regional initiatives, Sino-Myanmar connectivity