China aims to prevent the eventuality of either Bangladesh or Sri Lanka joining the QUAD, in spite of the grouping’s repeated reiteration that it is not a military alliance. Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka highlights Beijing’s deepening security engagement with South Asian countries, in the backdrop of its increasingly tense geo-strategic tussle with the US.

In an event organised by the Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association of Bangladesh (DCAB), the Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, Li Jiming, advised Bangladesh not to join the ‘QUAD’, and warned that the country’s relations with China will “substantially be damaged” if it did so.1 The statement, coming soon after the Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe’s brief visit to Dhaka, shows the trend of China’s thinking and engagement with the countries of the South Asian region.

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