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Envoy: China to celebrate Mujib Year with highest honour

  • Published at 01:47 pm January 17th, 2020

This year's Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary coincides with the celebration of 45th anniversary of Dhaka-Beijing diplomatic ties, he says

Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming has said China will celebrate birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with highest respect.

He passed the remarks on Thursday while addressing the opening ceremony of “Happy Chinese New Year Gala 2020, the 45th Anniversary of China-Bangladesh Friendship and Mujib Year” at the National Theatre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka, reports BSS.

The envoy said China will show highest respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bengali of all times in his birth centenary this year that coincides with the 45th anniversary of Dhaka-Beijing diplomatic ties.

“The whole Bangladesh will celebrate the year as “Mujib Borsho,” and the Chinese Embassy will also implement initiatives to celebrate this significant event to show Chinese people’s highest considerations and respect toward this great man,” he added.

The envoy further said the Chinese side is ready to join hands with the government of Bangladesh in order to enhance the synergy between development strategies, and jointly promote Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Over the past 45 years based-on the principles of mutual respect and benefit, Jiming said the China-Bangladesh relationship withstood the test of time, changes of international situation, and maintained the momentum of robust growth.

“China-Bangladesh relationship is now at its best time ever in history,” he observed.

Last year, Jiming said Beijing remained Dhaka’s largest trading partner while various bilateral cooperation projects were launched with an increasing rise of direct Chinese investment in Bangladesh.

Besides, he furthered China-Bangladesh people-to-people and cultural exchanges that underwent significant development in 2019 as over 37,000 Bangladeshi tourists travelled to China, and more than 5000 Bangladeshi students studied in China.

In 2020, the ambassador said his country is looking forward to embark on a new journey, and take China-Bangladesh strategic cooperative partnership to the new heights through increasing mutual understanding, sharing of respective governance, and building stronger China-Bangladesh community.

He recalled that the then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai visited Dhaka twice during 1950 and 1960, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited China twice as well.

“Seed of friendship was thus planted by the veteran leaders of our two countries long before diplomatic ties were established. It has now grown into a giant tree with deep roots and rich fruits,” Jiming said.

Last week, the ambassador said Chinese people received the kind “Chinese New Year Message” from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina where the Bangladeshi premier reviewed the time-honored China-Bangladesh friendship over the centuries, and looked ahead into the future.

“She [Sheikh Hasina] also extended warm greetings to the Chinese people and government, and wished them with a shared prosperity, peace, progress and happiness in the new year, which we highly appreciate,” Jiming added.

State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, who spoke at the function as the chief guest, highlighted various aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries.

He hoped the relationship will further be strengthened in the coming days. Xinjiang Art Theatre Director Li Yong, and Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre M Delwar Hossain also spoke on the occasion.

Later, a group of artists from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region presented a colorful traditional performance.

Chinese New Year, commonly referred to as “Guo Nian (means celebrating the New Year)” is the most ceremonious and joyfully celebrated festival in Chinese culture.

The Chinese Embassy in Dhaka has been holding “Happy Chinese New Year” programs in Bangladesh for the past consecutive 10 years, providing the opportunity to Bangladeshi people to experience Chinese culture in person.