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Despite its 160-million population, Bangladesh can find it hard to elbow its way onto the global stage. It’s in an area where India is cast in the lead as the dominant economy, Pakistan plays the intermittent villain, and Sri Lanka and Nepal feature in cameos as countries with uncertain futures. Yet, when US secretary of state Hillary Clinton touches down in Dhaka on Saturday—the highest-ranking American official to visit in a decade—she’ll encounter a country that can teach a lesson or two to all other regional actors.

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Edited excerpts. Sadanand Dhume is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, and a columnist for WSJ.com.Comments are welcome at theirview@livemint.com

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