China's 'String of Pearls' backfires :: Dhaka cancels port to be built by China - Modi Effect ?

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  1. Kshatriya87

    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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    http://defencenews.in/article/China...port-to-be-built-by-China---Modi-Effect--2668

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    With India's relations with Bangladesh on an upswing, New Delhi has expressed interest in developing the neighbour's newest deep sea port, Payra.

    It's a big move by India and an expression of the trajectory of strategic ties between the two countries. Separately, Japan may develop another deep sea port, Matarbari, in Cox's Bazar.

    As the Asian allies synergise converging interests, Bangladesh has quietly killed the Sonadia project in Cox's Bazar, which was to have been developed by China.

    For India, the Sonadia port, as the Hambantota and Gwadar ports, were deemed to be part of China's much talked about "string of pearls" strategy to encircle India in its maritime neighbourhood.

    The Payra seaport, which is on the south-western corner of Bangladesh, close to Chittagong, is much closer to the Indian coastline.

    Dhaka has cancelled a port that China proposed to build at Sonadia, on the south-eastern corner of Bangladesh, which if completed would have brought the Chinese presence close to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    While the official reason for cancellation of the Sonadia port was lack of commercial viability,the Japan-developed Matarbari is only 25km away. China had not only prepared a feasibility study for Sonadia, it had reportedly promised deep funding for the port. The cancellation of Sonadia is clearly a strategic decision by Bangladesh, doubtlessly helped along by India, Japan and the US.

    The Payra port has gathered steam only since 2014, with a Payra Seaport Authority being setup under the Chittagong administrative authority.

    The Bangladeshi government has decided the port will be built on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis and sources said a UK-based consultant is in the process of working out a feasibility study.

    The port will take over seven years to build, but it's not just the port, a deep channel would have to be cut through the heavily silted port to allow big vessels to come through. The Chittagong port is so heavily silted that only small vessels, taking advantage of incoming and outgoing tides, can come in at present.

    Indian companies have reportedly started taking an investment interest in the Payra project. Bangladesh has also invited Chinese companies to build the port, and reports from Dhaka say some 10 countries have expressed interest in the project. That, sources said, was very different from China designing, funding and building a port all on its own, which would have a commercial as well as a potential military role. The loss of Sonadia for China comes after it lost its competitive edge in Sri Lanka with the loss of Mahinda Rajapaksa's government.
     
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  3. Kshatriya87

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    China was the source of 82 percent of Bangladesh's arms purchases from 2009-2013, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), making Dhaka one of the top three buyers of Chinese weapons in the world.

    SIPRI data showed Bangladesh bought anti-ship missiles, tanks, fighter aircraft and other arms from China between 2008 and 2012. Last year it commissioned two new frigates from China.

    "China became the largest supplier of military hardware to Bangladesh when relations with India were strained," said retired Bangladeshi brigadier general Shahedul Anam Khan.

    A government official in Dhaka said Bangladesh's first submarines, costing $206 million in total, could be delivered before 2019. China was expected to provide training, said Chinese experts on the country's ties with South Asia.

    What worries Indian military planners is that China might see Bangladesh, which shares the Bay of Bengal with India and Myanmar, as an ideal place for its warships and submarines to dock.

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    The Indian navy is watching China's growing military ties with Bangladesh closely.

    It's setting up missile batteries and radar surveillance on Sagar island, near the Indian-Bangladesh border, with plans to develop a deep sea port there that would provide easy access to the Bay of Bengal, military officials said.
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    http://in.reuters.com/article/india-bangladesh-china-idINKBN0OC2RH20150528
     
  5. Indx TechStyle

    Indx TechStyle Perfaarmance Naarmal Senior Member

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    Well, Economy and R&D is back on track. So, it's obvious that our bid will become stronger. Not only with BD but with many countries.
     
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    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Docking chinese ships so close to Indian waters is a big threat. Any attack would come without notice. Modi needs to work and take all steps to avoid this.
     
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    75% of total weapon export of China goes to three states - Pak (55%) and Myanmar/Bangladesh (20%) now BD is quietly diversifying her Buyer to US and Russia,YAk jet trainer and Naval ships form US are few recent examples.

    They are doing more joint exercise with US and even India,in other words BD has recognized that where the future lies.


    As far as India is concerned BD don't have any leverage their lifeline Rivers comes through India these could either be diverted and chocked at will, we can't sit quietly while Hasnia decides to give aa port to China
     
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    dobhal effect to be more precise :p
     
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    This is Modi Raj In india. Lame congress is not there on the helm who can only show the spine in crushing Hindus. The way this guy has handle the foreign affairs is nothing less than oustanding. He has expanded indian influence i middle east , Iran and south china sea. His diplomacy is outstanding. Lame Manmohan was unable to handle even Maldive. He has literally F**ked china. In Chamur incident , strong signals were sent conveying silently that this is not congress. If you do any mischief, you will taught a lesson. China got the message and has stopping intruding in Indian border than onward. Hasina may be knowing the result of going against Indian interest. Sl ex president tested the test of Modi's diplomacy. Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia, BD, Maldive and nobody can afford to go against our interest now. Earlier we had a policy called iron curtain to counter string of pearls strategy of china. Now it seems that string of pearls itself is destroyed.
     
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    Good step. What is the update on Sri Lankan port that Chinese were building? I heard they gave it back to China.

    @Kshatriya87 - I would suggest a single thread to track developments on string of pearls strategy. Discuss ports by China in BD,SL and Maldives or other places.
     
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    Modi shall dis-mental String of pearls now. There shall be no need of Iron curtain now.
     
  13. LETHALFORCE

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    Chinese do not have the capability to fight beyond their shores so they found a strategy of building up small fry nations .
    Third rate power


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  14. Ikap

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    I do not think there is anything wrong with China investing like this. In fact, India should court her investment.

    India should try to stop Chinese investments and imports with Pakistan. It should also seek to support China in it's offensive against Pakistan.

    I actually think India should encourage China to invest in Sri Lanka, Nepal etc. There is nothing to fear from these investments, its only Pakistanis that need isolating!
     
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    Chinese Investment is not free, it comes with Chinese "Skilled Labour" and a potential "Loan Trap". China has a reputation of bribing and encouraging extremist elements in host countries.

    China's investment in strategic infrastructure in our neighbourhood must be discouraged at all cost. This is exactly what is happening, India is providing Raw Muscle, US is providing Geo-Political muscle and Japan is providing the capital. Win-win for all three countries.
     
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    No country invests selflessly. India is investing in Iran and Afghanistan for strategic purposes. China is trying to do the same. China realizes that the only real threat in the region for them is India and hence they are taking steps to have multiple bases surrounding us.

    What India is doing is what should be done, stop Chinese incursions and expansionism.
     
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