China-Bangladesh Relation: a Quest for Bangladesh’s Integrating into Sino-Myanmar Connectivity
This paper attempts to investigate the necessity of improved China-Bangladesh relation tointegrating into Sino-Myanmar connectivity following qualitative research methodology andsecondary literature. To realise Bangladesh's economic dream and attain its geostrategicpriority, she needs to extend her connectivity with the Southeast and East Asian countries.Though Bangladesh maintains excellent relationships with her giant neighbour India, it isconjectured 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 neighbourMyanmar as the gateway. A sustained and stable relation with Myanmar opens the scope forBangladesh to tread into Sino-Myanmar connectivity, which will eventually assist Bangladesh toattain her dream. Here comes the role of China, which traditionally has a time-tested bond withMyanmar. Bangladesh has a deep-rooted historical tie with China which leaves room forBangladesh to exploit in the fields of economy, foreign policy, energy security and geostrategicissues. Bangladesh has much to gain from China by integrating herself into a good number ofChina-led regional initiatives. Good relation with China is essential for Bangladesh to integrateinto Sino-Myanmar connectivity, which is vital to realise her dream. However, while Bangladeshneeds to make India believe that whatever relations she is fostering with China is only for hereconomic progress, not for challenging India’s hegemony.
- Copyright is retained by the author(s).
- Authors consent to publish the article and identify them as the original publisher.
- Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified.
- The users can use, reuse and build upon the material published in the journal but only for non-commercial purposes.
- This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, adaptation, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.