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International relations

Archrivals China, India move in to fund same Bangladesh port

Officials insist powers 'will not collide'; others warn of contest for influence

China and India are both planning to invest in the development and modernization of Bangladesh's Mongla port. (Port photo courtesy of Mongla Port Authority website)

DHAKA -- China and India are stepping forward to invest in the same Bangladeshi port, raising eyebrows as the regional rivals compete for influence in the South Asian country.

The two have zeroed in on the development of Mongla, Bangladesh's second-largest port, in the southwest of the country. China and India have been eyeing the facility for years, promising to provide hundreds of millions of dollars, but holding off on following through.

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