At a time when the country is threatened by neighbouring countries and international terrorist groups the country’s armed forces have responded with full-fledged modernisation and expansion programs aimed at making Bangladesh a regional military power by 2030.
Bangladesh’s unfortunate experience with neighbouring Myanmar and India is that these two countries never responded kindly to the extended hand of friendship and overtly friendly policies of the Bangladesh Government. Gone are the days of “friendship to all, malice to none”, a slogan of Bangladesh’s foreign ministry. It has been replaced by words like “If Bangladesh is attacked, the armed forces will respond befittingly”. This is the type of language that attracts attention of not only the “enemy”, the disillusioned masses but also foreign arms exporters.
Since 2012-2016 Bangladesh’s arms imports rose by 681% as compared to the 2007-2011 period. The realisation is that Bangladesh would find itself in trouble