China ready to give Bangladesh higher priority in its diplomacy, says Chinese envoy
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor has appreciated China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying it has provided an opportunity to realise sustainable development and common prosperity of the two countries.
“We consider China a time-tested friend. Bangladesh deeply values its relation with China, and China remains our development partner to realize our development vision,” he said.
Minister Noor made the comment on Saturday, while addressing a reception marking the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Chinese Embassy to Dhaka.
Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo also spoke on the occasion, reports UNB.
The Cultural Affairs Minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of building “Sonar Bangla” and a prosperous country free from hunger, poverty and deprivation.
“Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we’re working to fulfill Bangabandhu’s dream,” he said.
The minister said the relations between Bangladesh and China have been elevated to strategic partnership of cooperation following historic visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016.
Terming Bangladesh-China relations multifaceted ones, he highlighted the bilateral relations in the areas of trade, commerce, investment, tourism, human resources, connectivity, health, education and cultural exchange.
Chinese Ambassador Zhang Zuo said they would like to maintain friendship with the people of Bangladesh for generations to come.
He said they are ready to give Bangladesh a higher priority in China’s diplomacy in order to become great partners of win-win cooperation, great friends with openness and inclusiveness, close brothers for opening up and innovations, and good neighbours who learn from each other.
The diplomat said all the countries are welcome to join the “Belt and Road” initiative with China to expand the scope for practical and friendly collaborations.
He said Bangladesh and China have always remained good friends during the 43 years of the diplomatic relations.
“Especially, after the successful state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2016, the China-Bangladesh relationship got elevated to a Strategic Partnership of Cooperation, and thus started a new chapter in our bilateral relations,” Zuo said.
Under the wise leadership of the government of Bangladesh, he said, the diligent Bangladeshi people have made great achievements in national construction and social development.
“Bangladesh and China share close people-to-people bond, similar national realities, and complementary development goals,” said the Chinese Ambassador.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, leaders of different political parties, diplomats, editors and senior journalists were present at the event.