No competition with China over Bangladesh: US GeneralNew Age Online
The visiting commanding general of US Army Pacific, General Vincent K Brooks, on Tuesday said his country is not in competition with China over Bangladesh.
‘The trend is away from competition and has shifted to cooperation and collaboration,’ the four-star general, Brooks said.
Brooks said this at a function in the capital’s Mirpur when asked whether China and US were competing over Bangladesh as both countries prioritised emerging countries.
‘There is room for all to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region,’ he further said.
The function was organised at the Fire Service and Civil Defence Training Centre at Mirpur in the capital as part of the US-sponsored Fourth Annual Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange 2013.
The General said they were delighted that a Chinese navy ship came to Chittagong yesterday, as three Chinese naval ships had gone to Hawaii three months ago.
‘Since 1971, Bangladesh has emerged in different ways and we believe we are a part of the framework that has made it possible,’ he said.
He said that the Pacific command has been in the region for 60 year and described how it deals with other countries on specific issues of interests and cooperation under mutual frameworks.
He termed the relations between the military of Bangladesh and US ‘extraordinarily excellent.’
‘I am extraordinarily impressed by the partnership,’ he said, adding, ‘it is important to the US, to the region, and it is reflective of the security structure that exists through the Asia Pacific area.’
About the DREE 2013 he observed that the ability to respond to natural disasters, including earthquakes, has now become a security issue.
Both US and Bangladesh governments are working to address the complex circumstances that emerge after natural disasters, he said.
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