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China's economic clout chills Bangladesh-India relations

Dhaka warned against becoming a theater for proxy wars between regional powers

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed is welcomed by President Xi Jinping to Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in July 2019.   © Reuters

DHAKA -- India has intensified diplomatic efforts in recent weeks to shore up its once solid alliance with Bangladesh, but frostier than normal relations between the two South Asian nations may have opened a crack in the door to China.

Riva Ganguly Das, India's high commissioner in Dhaka, has been winding up her posting but has been able to meet with only three ministers. Her attempts over four months to pay a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed have so far been fruitless.

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