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US sanctions: Beijing says it supports Dhaka in upholding its policies

‘We firmly support Bangladesh in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,’ spokesperson Wang Wenbin says

Update : 14 Jun 2023, 05:48 PM

In a first-of-its-kind reaction, China on Wednesday said it supported Bangladesh in safeguarding its sovereignty and upholding its domestic as well as foreign policies.

"We firmly support Bangladesh in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, upholding independent domestic and foreign policies, and pursuing a development path that suits its national realities," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in response to a question in Beijing on US sanctions on Bangladesh's Rapid Action Batallion (RAB).

At the daily briefing, a journalist from Global Times asked: "We have noted that recently Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on several occasions that she found US sanctions on Bangladesh's RAB puzzling and that sanctions were like a game. 'It has the power to topple the government in any country,' she said. Bangladesh is not afraid of sanctions and she has instructed the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning to stop buying anything from countries that impose sanctions on Bangladesh. What's China's comment?"

The spokesperson replied: "We have noted the recent remarks by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Indeed, while turning a blind eye to its own racial discrimination, gun violence and drug proliferation problems, a certain country has long been interfering in the internal affairs of Bangladesh and many other developing countries under the pretext of democracy and human rights. 

"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke not just [about] the strong position of the Bangladeshi people, but also the mind of the large part of the international community, especially the developing world.

"China and Bangladesh have been traditionally friendly neighbours. We firmly support Bangladesh in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, upholding independent domestic and foreign policies, and pursuing a development path that suits its national realities.

"We stand ready to work together with Bangladesh and other countries to oppose all forms of hegemonism and power politics, uphold the UN-centered international system, the international order underpinned by international law and the basic norms governing international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and build a community with a shared future for mankind," reads the spokesperson's statement.

Relations between the US and Bangladesh have been somewhat frosty following Washington's sanction on a number of current and former officials of the elite police force RAB and the announcement of a new visa policy related to Bangladesh's upcoming general election.

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