Apparently, Bangladesh is traditionally an ally of India. The controversial Extended Citizenship Act has had a profound negative effect on relations between the two countries.

The controversial extension of citizenship by the government of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led to a reduction in the intensity of historical ties between India and Bangladesh, as well as economic ties. The law was passed by parliament in December 2019, and a series of violent protests followed.

Under the law, immigrants from neighboring countries will soon be given Indian citizenship while Muslims will not be included. These countries include Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says the law was not needed and has led to the cancellation of several ministerial visits to improve bilateral relations.

In this situation, China has begun to improve and strengthen its relations with Bangladesh. China is already trying to build a strong alliance in South Asia. Ninety-seven percent of Bangladesh’s exports have been given special exemptions by the Chinese government.

In this situation, China has begun to improve and strengthen its relations with Bangladesh. China is already trying to build a strong alliance in South Asia. Ninety-seven percent of Bangladesh’s exports have been given special exemptions by the Chinese government.

It is also a fact that China is also the largest foreign investor in Bangladesh. Huge remittances continue to flow under the umbrella of Chinese investment in several infrastructure projects in this neighboring country of India. A new terminal at Sylhet Airport is being built with Chinese help, near the northeastern Indian state of Bihar.

India’s traditional rival in South Asia is Pakistan and in this context it is also trying to take practical steps to improve its relations with Bangladesh. Last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called his Bangladeshi counterpart. O’Wolf, a researcher at the Brussels-based South Asia Democratic Forum think tank, said Pakistan would try to take full advantage of the opportunity. He also said that the telephone contact between the two prime ministers would fill the gap between the two countries and Pakistan would have to do a lot.

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