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Dhaka-Beijing strategic cooperation helpful for prosperity in Asia, beyond

  • Published at 11:16 pm July 6th, 2019
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and China's Premier Li Keqiang talk during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China July 4, 2019-Reuters
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and China's Premier Li Keqiang talk during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China July 4, 2019 Reuters

The Chinese leadership conveyed this to Bangladesh during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's five-day official that experts find to be a very important one, leading towards stronger ties between Bangladesh and China, said an official

China has conveyed to Bangladesh that the strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries will be helpful in a big way for prosperity and stability in Asia and beyond, apart from serving the mutual interests of the two nations.

The Chinese leadership conveyed this to Bangladesh during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's five-day official that experts find to be a very important one, leading towards stronger ties between Bangladesh and China, said an official.

Bangladesh and China established a strategic partnership of cooperation in 2016 duringChinese Premier Xi's historic state visit to Bangladesh, reports UNB.

"The Bangladesh-China relationship is flourishing and it'll go even stronger," said Dr Ruan Zongze, Executive Vice-President of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).

There are numerous synergies and the two countries need to work together for a better future, he added.

The visit is very important

Principal Research Fellow of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore, former foreign affairs adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, also termed the visit a very important one, not only in terms of bilateral relations but also from a regional perspective.

"Bangladesh-China relations are strong of course, but it's going to be even stronger because of huge Chinese investments in infrastructural development, partly because of the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) and also purely on bilateral terms," he said.

The prime minister, who returned home on Saturday concluding her five-day official visit to China, will brief the media on Monday afternoon about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit.

On Thursday, Bangladesh and China signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation in the power, water resources, culture, and tourism sectors, as well as for providing 2,500 metric tons of rice for displaced Rohingyas.

The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing and said greater bilateral ties have helped promote cooperation between the two countries to a new phase of fast development, injecting impetus into the economic and social development of both countries, and are bringing more benefits to both peoples.

He called on both countries to carry forward the traditional friendship and jointly promote the cooperative and common development of both countries.