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Bangladesh deep-sea port promises strategic anchor for Japan, India

New Delhi's influence in Dhaka helps foil Chinese plans for similar foothold

A rendering shows Bangladesh's Japan-backed Matarbari port complex upon completion. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to build a regional "industrial value chain" in cooperation with India as well. (Image courtesy of JICA)

DHAKA/TOKYO -- A deep-sea port under construction in southern Bangladesh is shaping up to be a strategic linchpin for Japan and India as the Quad partners aim to counter Chinese influence.

Development of the port of Matarbari will put a Japan-backed facility just north of Sonadia, another prime location on the Bay of Bengal where China was expected to develop a port. That facility never materialized, and Dhaka reportedly dropped the idea a few years ago.

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