Significance of Donald Lu’s Visit to Bangladesh


In the midst of rapidly shifting geopolitical dynamics, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu visited Bangladesh for two days from January 14 to January 15. There was massive propaganda in the media regarding this visit given Donald Lu’s controversial role in the region, especially in Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, which has created a negative image of him.

In the media, there were speculations that Lu would apply the same ‘coercive’ diplomatic method in Bangladesh. But considering the aspects of the visit, it is worth mentioning here that it is rated as a very successful visit among diplomatic circles. It has provided an opportunity to cement the traditional ties as well as understand each other through face-to-face contact and dispel misconceptions harbored by both parties. When Donald Lu embraced Bangladesh with open arms and pledged the Biden administration’s ongoing support and cooperation for all future undertakings in Bangladesh, all outlets spreading negativism were disappointed.

This is the second high-profile visit by a US official in a week after the US National Security Council’s Senior Director for South Asia, Rear Admiral Eileen Laubacher, who came to Dhaka on January 7 for a four-day visit. Although Donald Lu visited several countries in the region, this was his first solo