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Accession Number ADA589876
Title India-China Rivalry and Strategic Options for Bangladesh.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 89p
Personal Author S. M. Haque
Abstract Bangladesh is a small state in South Asia. Like any other small state, Bangladesh strives to maintain her two most important security interests: territorial integrity and political independence. Since its independence in 1971, Bangladesh has had disputes with India over land and maritime boundaries and over river water-sharing. Bangladesh's political independence is threatened by the inclination of two major political parties either towards India or towards China and Pakistan. Thus, the threats to Bangladesh's security interests depend on the security environment of the region, which mostly depends on the India-China relationship. This research explores the impact of India-China relations on Bangladesh. Historically, China and India have had a long legacy of rivalry. Despite their current mutual economic cooperation, India and China have failed to resolve their territorial disputes of the last 65 years. This thesis endeavors to predict the future relationship of India and China. The research finds that India and China are likely to come into conflict in the future. The research also identifies that amid India-China rivalry, Bangladesh lacks sustainable strategic foreign policy options to secure her national interests. After analyzing different strategic options, the thesis recommends that 'flexible and transparent nonalignment' is the most suitable strategic option for Bangladesh.
Keywords Bangladesh
Bangladesh awami league
Bangladesh foreign policy
Bangladesh national party
Bangladesh-china relations
Bangladesh-india relations
Blainey's model
Boundaries
China
Competition
Conflict
Cooperation
Economic cooperation
Economics
Flexible and transparent nonalignment
Foreign policy
Geopolitics
Hegemony
History
India
India-china relations
India-china rivalry
International relations
Neutrality
Pakistan
Political independence
Political parties
Predictions
Regional security
Security
Subversion
Territorial disputes
Territorial integrity
Theses
Threats
Water disputes
Water supplies

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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