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Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka University opens centre for China studies

  • Ambassador Yao Wen extended warm congratulations
  • Symbolizes deepening friendship between two nations
Update : 24 Mar 2024, 11:49 PM

Dhaka University has opened a centre for China studies.

Yao Wen, the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh: Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, vice chancellor of the University of Dhaka; Chen Dongxiao, president of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies; and representatives from the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies, East China Normal University, Yunnan University and Tongji University attended the opening ceremony on Sunday.

More than 400 people from the Bangladesh government, political parties, universities, enterprises, media and international organizations, as well as Chinese representatives, participated, the Chinese embassy said.

Ambassador Yao Wen extended warm congratulations on the establishment of the centre, saying it is the fruit of a consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during their bilateral meeting in Johannesburg in August.

It represents the latest achievement in the collaboration between China and Bangladesh in education, academic research and people-to-people exchanges, while also symbolizing the deepening friendship between the two nations, he said.

He said: "The centre is of pioneering significance, which will further promote the academic circles of the two countries to strengthen mutual understanding, facilitate joint study and exploration of bilateral, regional and global affairs, strengthen people-to-people ties, and amplify cultural exchange, thereby enhancing bilateral relations."

In the future, the ambassador said, it is expected that the centre will anchor itself in Bangladesh, adopt a South Asia-centric approach and have a global outlook.

"We envision the centre for China studies as a bridge connecting China and Bangladesh, South Asia and the world, making substantive contributions to mutual understanding, cooperation and peaceful development," he added.

Prof Maksud Kamal said the establishment of the centre for China studies is not only an affirmation of the profound friendship between Bangladesh and China but also an important milestone in the educational and academic exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

"The centre will provide a valuable platform for Bangladeshi scholars to gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture, history and society, which is of great significance for Bangladesh to realize Smart Bangladesh and Vision 2041."

It is hoped that the centre will become an important base for promoting Chinese study and international cooperation in South Asia and even globally.

Chen Dongxiao said economic and social development is an important task for Bangladesh, and the core mission of the centre is to promote economic and social cooperation and experience exchanges between China and Bangladesh.

It is hoped that China and Bangladesh will make joint efforts to make the centre a high-level, high-standard and open platform for cultural and people-to-people exchanges so as to promote China-Bangladesh economic and social development cooperation and people-to-people bonds, making it a core base for China studies with influence in South Asia and Southeast Asia and becoming a leading research institution with global influence, the embassy said.

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