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Bangla PM defends decision to buy two Chinese submarines

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina today defended Bangladesh's decision to buy two submarines worth USD 203 million from saying the move won't elicit "negative reactions" from other countries as it was for safeguarding the country's sovereignty.

Hasina called a key-development partner and said purchased two Chinese-made submarines to modernise its defence system by upgrading the navy into a "three- dimensional force".

"I believe that the decision of buying two submarines from is related to the of Bangladesh, and it won't create any negative reaction in the political arena in the outside world," she told late yesterday.

The premier's comments came in response to a lawmaker's question about the negative speculation four months after Navy commissioned the two Type 035G-class submarines, also known as Ming-class, naming them as BN Nabajatra and BN Agrajatra.

She said Bangladesh's defence system was further strengthened than before due to induction of the two submarines into the Navy.

The prime minister said the two submarines would make important contributions to safeguarding the country's sovereignty and "besides, it's expected that the two submarines would play a special role in the "Blue Economy" meaning the country's economic uplift.

The conventional diesel electric submarines are equipped with torpedoes and mines.

analysts said procurement of the two submarines at a cost of USD 203 million reflected the country's growing economic and defence ties with Beijing.

Hasina announced her plan to procure the Chinese submarines in 2013 when Bangladesh signed a billion-dollar deal with Russia to buy fighter training jets, helicopters and anti-tank missiles.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 14:42 IST