Bangladesh Member of Parliament: China to Help Build Submarine Base

On Sep­tem­ber 12, Bangladesh MP Col. Faruk Khan (Ret.) said that Chi­nese com­pa­nies will assist in the con­struc­tion of a sub­ma­rine base in Cox’s Bazaar, designed to house two sub­marines pur­chased from China’s Wuchang Ship­yard in 2016.  Col. Khan, a mem­ber of the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees on for­eign pol­i­cy and defense, said the facil­i­ty, locat­ed on the Bay of Ben­gal in south­east­ern Bangladesh, would be financed by Bangladesh.  He added that Bangladeshi author­i­ties had not yet signed an agree­ment with Chi­na for the project, which is esti­mat­ed to cost $1.2 bil­lion.  Col. Khan also said the Chi­nese role in the project did not rep­re­sent a tak­ing of sides between India and Chi­na, and that the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Navy would not have access to the base.  Some ana­lysts have said that the dri­ving moti­va­tion is to keep pace with Myan­mar, which has recent­ly acquired Chi­nese submarines.

Col. Khan’s com­ments fol­low ear­li­er reports in June 2019 that the base would be con­struct­ed with Chi­nese sup­port and is expect­ed to include bar­racks, an ammu­ni­tion depot, and sub­ma­rine repair facilities.