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Envoy: China is truly committed to help Bangladesh

  • Envoy highlights the deep-rooted people-to-people ties
  • 'Bangladesh has great potential for development'
  • Ambassador lauds Bangladesh’s economic growth and political stability
Update : 05 Mar 2024, 09:44 PM

Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Yao Wen has said that China is truly committed to helping Bangladesh in its development and construction.

He made the comment while taking part in an interaction with Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan and senior journalists during a courtesy visit to the newspaper’s office at Panthapath.

Highlighting the deep-rooted people-to-people ties spanning over a thousand years of friendly exchanges, Wen underscored the mutual principles of respect, equality, and win-win cooperation between the two nations.

Reflecting on his one-year-and-two-month tenure in Dhaka, the ambassador noted the warm reception of the Bangladeshi people towards China.

“Over the past year I have visited many places in Bangladesh, had extensive contacts with all sectors of society and reached out to the grass-roots people. What I have experienced most is the simple and sincere affections of the Bangladeshi people towards China and the Chinese people,” he said.

“Public opinion is the foundation of bilateral relations, and also the biggest source of confidence for us to work together for the future,” the envoy added.

Pointing out that Bangladesh was the first country in South Asia to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), he said the BRI has “taken root and blossomed in the golden Bay of Bengal” over the past eight years, being involved in and witnessing the sweeping changes that have taken place in Bangladesh.

“It is no exaggeration that the city of Dhaka looks like a big construction site, and is vibrant and alive with new projects every single day,” he said, mentioning that 14 mega infrastructure projects either completed or commenced during the past year were aided or constructed by the Chinese government.

“Bangladesh has great potential for development,” Yao Wen added.

Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan stressed the need for further enhancing people-to-people ties, and suggested that both countries explore the potential of tourism. In response, the ambassador said direct flights between Dhaka and Beijing would be started soon.

The envoy lauded Bangladesh’s economic growth and political stability, and said: “We can learn from each other and work together”.

Editor Zafar Sobhan also suggested the establishment of a high-speed train network in Bangladesh

“There's no part of Bangladesh which is more than 300 miles from Dhaka. There are no two places in Bangladesh which are more than 600 miles,” he said while sharing the idea of connecting all the divisional headquarters with the capital, which is centrally located.

“It could be very easy to do,” Zafar Sobhan said, as China makes the best railway networks in the world.

When asked about the Chinese "debt trap", the ambassador called it western propaganda and said Chinese loans are only seven percent of all foreign loans that Bangladesh receives.

Bangladesh also gets major loans from the World Bank, IMF and Japan.

Both of them discussed future cooperation in the media sector as well.

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