Army chief to visit Bangladesh - The Times of India NEW DELHI: Army chief General V K Singh will leave for Bangladesh on June 19 on a five-day visit to bolster bilateral defence cooperation, which will see a jump in joint exercises and training programmes. Gen Singh, who as a young second lieutenant took part in the 1971 war to liberate Bangladesh, will call on President Mohammed Zillur Rahman and PM Sheikh Hasina as well as hold extensive talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Gen Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, who had visited India last year. India remains wary of China's deep strategic inroads into Bangladesh, which include a direct rail-road link to the port city of Chittagong as well as in help in constructing the Sonadia deep-sea port at Cox's Bazaar. India, on its part, has actively worked towards bolstering ties with Bangladesh over the last three-four years, with one of the main objectives being the need for both countries to 'resolutely' tackle terrorism together. India last year also held direct Army-to-Army staff talks with Bangladesh to chalk out the programmes to be undertaken by the two forces in the future. The importance of the talks can be gauged from the fact that India has similar staff talks with just a handful of countries, which include US, UK, Israel, France, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.