As US hones its Indo-Pacific strategy, South Asian nations come into focus

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun’s visit to Dhaka this past week was seen as part of Washington’s attempt to raise its visibility in South Asia at a time when China has increased engagement with countries in the region through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative , which promises billions of dollars of investments in infrastructure projects, as well as enhanced trade and defence ties.

Biegun’s thee-day stay in Dhaka followed US Defence Secretary Mark T. Esper’s visit to the…

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