Turkey-Russia Reportedly Sign New S‑400 Contract

On August 23, Russia’s TASS News Agency reported that a contract for the delivery of a second S-400 battery to Turkey was signed between Ankara and Russia’s state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport. TASS indicated that the two sides are now discussing the financial aspects of the weapons deal, which will influence the time frame for its implementation. Separate reports suggest that the finalization of the contract is unlikely before 2021.

China Launches First of Four Advanced Naval Warships Ordered by Pakistani Navy

On August 23, China launched the first of four advanced naval warships to be delivered to the Pakistani Navy as part of a 2017 contract between Pakistan and China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. The Type-054 A/P class vessel was reportedly constructed at the state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai and is equipped with the latest advanced surface, subsurface, and anti-air weapons systems and sensors. Local Pakistani media also ...

Bangladesh in Negotiations for $1 billion Chinese Loan to Finance Teesta River Dredging Project

This week, officials from Bangladesh’s Water Development Board indicated that they are negotiating a nearly $1 billion loan from China to implement the proposed Teesta River Comprehensive Management and Restoration Project.