Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s two-day visit to Bangladesh (6-7 September), the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the neighbouring country in about a decade, comes at a time when there is positive momentum in the bilateral relationship even as China’s influence on Dhaka continues to grow.
An India-friendly regime in Bangladesh, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clamped down on anti-India terror elements in the country by handing over to India Ulfa terrorist Arabinda Rajkhowa. India has reciprocated by taking a slew of measures to facilitate trade and resolve border and water disputes.
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Singh is expected to take the engagement between the two nations forward by either announcing the scrapping of the tariff quota on imports of readymade garments from Bangladesh or substantially increasing the present quota of 10 million pieces of readymade garments to allow its eastern neighbour reap benefits from India’s growth story.
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