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Bangladesh in talks with US to buy Apaches and missiles

Despite long China ties, Dhaka seeks Washington's help with military upgrade

Bangladesh has shown interest in buying Apache attack helicopters, such as those shown here, and unspecified missile systems.   © Reuters

DHAKA -- Bangladesh has opened talks with the U.S. to buy advanced arms, in a move seen as a major blow to China, which has traditionally been the South Asian nation's biggest supplier of military hardware.

The planned purchases from Washington are part of a broader effort to modernize Bangladeshi military forces by 2030.

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