Diplomatic and security analysts say it is better for Bangladesh to stay out of the confrontation between the United States and China. At the same time, if the duality of the two great powers, while upholding national sovereignty, brings bargaining opportunities for Bangladesh, then it can be considered to be exploited.
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beagan visited Bangladesh on the 14th and 17th of this month. On the second day of the visit, he spoke to some media personnel in Dhaka.
Beijing is clearly angry at recent US comments about China’s role in various parts of the world, including the Rohingya crisis. The Chinese embassy has issued a statement expressing dissatisfaction with various remarks made by US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beagan, who recently visited Bangladesh.
The Chinese embassy in Dhaka said on its Facebook page on Friday that US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan’s claim that China had “unfortunately not done much” to address the Rohingya issue was “inappropriate” and “not constructive”.
But diplomats and security analysts say it is better for Bangladesh to stay out of the confrontation between the United States and China. At the same time, if the duality of the two great powers, while upholding national sovereignty, brings a bargaining opportunity for Bangladesh, then its exploitation can be considered.
Asked about the reciprocal remarks by the United States and China, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told Prothom Alo on his mobile phone on Saturday evening, “We see the interests of Bangladesh. Who else quarreled where, we are not in it. We are not worried about this. These issues can be a headache for the media. We will only look after our national interests. “
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beagan visited Bangladesh on October 14-18. On the second day of the visit, he spoke to some media personnel in Dhaka. Then on October 20, he took part in a video press conference with journalists from Dhaka to Dhaka. Speaking to media in both Dhaka and Washington, Stephen Beagan criticized China’s role.
The Chinese embassy said everyone expected to pay attention to Bangladesh-US relations during Beagan’s visit to Dhaka. Before leaving Bangladesh, however, the US Deputy Secretary of State made baseless allegations involving China on October 15 about the Sino-Indian border conflict, tensions over the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea, and Hong Kong’s national security law, with which Bangladesh has no connection.
We see the interests of Bangladesh. Where the others quarreled, we are not in it. We are not worried about this. These issues can be a headache for the media. We will only look after our national interests.
Such behavior is not only a violation of diplomatic etiquette, it is also a reflection of disrespect towards Bangladesh. Because, as a peace-loving country, Bangladesh believes in the principle of friendship with all, not enmity with anyone. The biggest concern in Bangladesh is Bigan’s comments on the Rohingya crisis, his behavior was an expression of one-sided views.
The Chinese embassy added that there are many bilateral channels between China and the United States to resolve their own problems. Bigan should not have dragged a third party without prior permission. The United States and China came to Bangladesh for that friendship. It is not right to be busy fighting against each other (US and China) here.
The former foreign secretary. Touhid Hossain told Prothom Alo on his mobile phone this afternoon, “We don’t think Bangladesh has been disrespected by Stephen Beagan’s remarks. We think China could do a lot for the Rohingya issue. But did not. You can say that. Bangladesh will not interfere in the affairs of the two sides. It is very clear. Our main goal should be the economic development of the country. Therefore, we must always keep our eyes and ears open on where the country will benefit from the overall situation. ‘
Meanwhile, four countries and organizations, including the United States, called an international donors’ conference last Thursday to help the Rohingya. Despite being invited to the conference, China and India did not participate along with Myanmar.