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OP II : The Mongla Port: An Analysis of its Investments by China and Implications for India

By Suprithi Sudharsanan

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Occasional Paper II

An occasional Paper is a single-topic research summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarises the issue giving clear, concise, and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.

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Bangladesh is a nation that overlooks the resource rich Bay of Bengal region. It acts as a facilitator of trade for other landlocked countries (Bhutan and Nepal) in the neighborhood. It is home to ports that are strategically important. In this regard, the two largest ports in Bangladesh are the Chattogram Port and the Mongla Port. Currently, the Mongla Port has been in the spotlight for quite some time now. This is because it is an investment destination for both India and China-two countries that share frosty ties. The PRC has been actively building ports in and around the Indian Ocean Region since the introduction of the Belt and Road Initiative. These activities seek to threaten India’s hegemony and security in the IOR. The article will examine China's stake in the Mongla Port from an economic and strategic perspective. It is going to determine if the Mongla Port's performance has changed noticeably as a result of the investment. The consequences of China's involvement in the Mongla Port for India will also be discussed.

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Occasional Paper II - The Mongla Port - Suprithi Sudharsanan
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(Ms. Suprithi Sudharsanan is a Research Intern at C3S. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and does not reflect the views of C3S.)

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