Armies of China and Bangladesh will hold the first military exercises next month: PLA

The Chinese military will hold its first military exercises with its counterpart in Bangladesh next month, it was announced here on Thursday, as the PLA steadily strengthened ties with India’s neighbor by supplying a host of military equipment in recent years.

According to the consensus reached between the two militaries, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will send a team to Bangladesh in the first half of next month to hold joint military exercises, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian said. , announced during a media briefing. here.

The joint exercise, codenamed ‘China-Bangladesh Golden Friendship 2024’, takes the UN peacekeeping force’s counter-terrorism operations as the scenario, he said, adding that the two militaries in mixed groups will conduct joint training on topics including bus anti-terrorism. hijacking, elimination of terrorist camps etc.

“It is the first time that the Chinese and Bangladesh militaries will conduct joint training, which will enhance mutual understanding and friendship and deepen practical exchanges and cooperation,” Wu said.

China, which has invested more than US$25 billion in various projects in Bangladesh, the second highest after Pakistan in the South Asian region, has also steadily strengthened defense ties with Dhaka by supplying a host of military equipment including battle tanks, naval frigates, missile boats and fighter planes. fighter jets, much to India’s chagrin.

China has also previously supplied two submarines to the Bangladesh Navy.

Last year, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened a Chinese-built submarine base worth $1.21 billion in Cox’s Bazar, which will provide secure jetty facilities for submarines and warships, according to a report by the Dhaka Tribune.

The base can accommodate six submarines and eight warships at a time. It will enable safe and quick movement of the submarines in case of an emergency as the base is located off the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the report said.

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