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A naval dock designed to host submarines and warships being built in Bangladesh with China’s help has cast a spotlight on the South Asian nation’s efforts to boost its maritime capabilities, as well as Beijing’s deepening military influence in a region long regarded as India’s backyard.

In March, a satellite image of the dry dock was released on social media platform X by Damien Symon, a researcher with global intelligence research network The Intel Lab.

“This enhanced defence cooperation endeavour by China helps Beijing solidify its presence and influence in the region,” he wrote.

Analysts say India is unlikely to be “overly concerned” for the moment as the facility mostly reflects Bangladesh’s desire to strengthen its naval ambitions, but they caution that New Delhi ought to be watchful of a growing Chinese presence.

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