Connecting Regions of Asia.

China Warns Bangladesh Against Joining Quad

34

NEW DELHI: China has bluntly threatened Bangladesh with reprisals if it considered any sort of participation in the Quad, warning that this will lead to a degrading of bilateral ties.

Addressing journalists in Dhaka, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming was quoted by local media as saying that bilateral ties would be “substantially damaged” if Bangladesh engaged with the four-country grouping. “We do not want any form of participation of Bangladesh in this alliance,” Li is reported to have said, stressing that Beijing sees the Quad as an anti-China grouping. 

The envoy said this message had been conveyed to the Sheikh Hasina government by Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe when he visited last week. The official readout during Wei’s visit had referred to a Chinese assertion against military alliances in South Asia that would lead to “hegemonism”, which observers took as a reference to India.

China’s tougher stand as regards India has only sharpened from 2020. The reference to Quad and the undiplomatic manner in which Bangladesh was warned indicate Beijing’s deep annoyance with a grouping that intends to curtail its influence in the Indo-Pacific and areas that China considers its zone of influence.

Just last week, China held a virtual round-table with South Asian countries on Covid-19 and vaccines. Now that the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm has received WHO ap proval, it will be much easier for India’s neighbours to switch to Chinese vaccines, specially when India-made vaccine Covishield is not available for export right now.

China got a big thumbs up from Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa too last week, when he met Fenghe. Xinhua reported Rajapaksa as telling Wei that Sri Lanka “has been pursuing an independent foreign policy and will never bend to pressure from major powers outside the region as well as never forge an alliance with any country”.

This was seen as an euphemism for India, the US and the Quad. With India too, China has not eased up on its belligerence. The negotiations for a disengagement in eastern Ladakh have stalled, and reports have emerged about China entrenching its positions in eastern Ladakh.

Courtesy – timesofindia.com

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More