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China To Help Bangladesh Build Submarine Base, Senior Official Says


China will help Bangladesh construct its first submarine base, but Chinese subs will not use the facility,future base will house two Chinese-made submarines purchased by Dhaka from Beijing in 2016, retired Col. Faruk Khan said, adding that Bangladesh was not taking sides in a regional rivalry between India and China. The facility will be built in a southeastern district on the Bay of Bengal and financed by Bangladesh, he said.“We are going to construct a submarine base in Cox’s Bazar with Chinese assistance. We have procured two submarines from China, so we need a submarine base. Unless we build a base, where will the submarines be stationed,” said Khan, a senior official of the ruling Awami League and chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs.The Chinese will help us build the base and impart training to our personnel to operate the submarines and base. The Chinese submarines will not come here. The base is for our submarines,” he told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, in confirming the first Chinese involvement in the building of a naval facility in the country.....................

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