Monday, April 25, 2005

ASSESSMENT: Changing Dynamics of Sino-Bangladesh Relations

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On regional cooperation, China appreciated Bangladesh's active effort to promote regional cooperation in South Asia while Bangladesh side supported "China's willingness to establish mutually beneficial cooperation" with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Dhaka appreciated China's support for Bangladesh's membership in the Asean Regional Forum (ARF). Bangladesh tried to satisfy China over the Taiwan issue by saying that it unequivocally supports one-China policy. It wants the settlement of Taiwan question through "peaceful reunification" on the one-country-two-systems basis. A churning is going on in China Bangladesh relationship and it will take a couple of years before its final shape emerges. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is trying to benefit from both China and Taiwan, by astutely playing its cards.

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