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US rush to Bangladesh revs up economic race with China

Washington signs air pact with Dhaka to further Indo-Pacific agenda

An air service agreement between Bangladesh and the U.S. is just one sign of growing relations between the countries. (Source photo by Reuters) 

DHAKA -- The U.S. has ratcheted up economic diplomacy with Bangladesh, holding its first high-level dialogue virtually and signing an open sky agreement in Dhaka as part of Washington's blueprint to challenge China's presence in the region.

Regardless of the ongoing presidential campaign, the U.S. is rushing to counter China's growing clout in South Asia, with its Indo-Pacific strategy seen as a key pillar of foreign policy, no matter who is in the White House.

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