After much speculation and anticipation, Bangladesh unveiled its "Indo-Pacific Outlook (IPO)," on 24th April, 2023 a day before the Prime Minister's visit to Japan Bangladesh, which mostly echoed Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” and emphasized a free, open, peaceful, secure, and inclusive Indo-Pacific for the shared prosperity of all. The United States, which originally conceived and floated the Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS), has been urging Bangladesh for the last few years to join them in implementing the IPS. Being at the nodal point of South Asia and Southeast Asia, Bangladesh's access to the Indo-Pacific is critical considering global trade, exploring economic opportunities, and developing connectivity, however, amid rivalry and varieties of geo-economic interests of multiple countries. This paper tries to examine Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, challenges, and prospects considering its engagements with the USA, Japan, China, and India and will provide policy recommendations.
Ariful Haque, Embassy of Bangladesh, Japan
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