India-Bangladesh Border Deal Signals Deeper Ties—and Trouble for China

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessing the exchange of agreements between India and Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 6, 2015 (photo from the website of the Indian Prime Minister).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessing the exchange of agreements between India and Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 6, 2015 (photo from the website of the Indian Prime Minister).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh earlier this month brought with it the formal ratification of a historic land border agreement that finally settles a four-decades-long dispute. Pocked with enclaves and counter-enclaves, the border between India and Bangladesh was a geographical oddity—and a headache for New Delhi and Dhaka. The land swap that Modi agreed to had been in the works for a while; it was actually signed by both governments in 1974, but never ratified. At the cost of ceding some land to Bangladesh, the deal is in keeping with Modi’s agenda to rebuild strategic trust with […]

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