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Dhaka Tribune

Seeking stronger ties with China

It is essential for Bangladesh to approach any investment with caution

Update : 05 Apr 2024, 04:52 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's efforts to seek Chinese support for the development of the southern region of Bangladesh sends the right message in terms of diplomacy and stronger bilateral ties with other nations, particularly our neighbours. 

There is no questioning China’s impact on our existing megaprojects and the hope is that such investments shall only continue; China's expertise in infrastructure development, coupled with Bangladesh's strategic location, creates a win-win situation for both countries.

During a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, PM Hasina rightfully emphasized the potential for Chinese investment in infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, and ports in the region. The southern region of Bangladesh, due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal, has untapped potential to become a hub for trade and connectivity, opening up new avenues for our overall development as a nation. 

Bangladesh has been leaning on the merits of diplomacy for some time now, embodying Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur’s iconic call to offer “friendship to all and malice towards none” that has become the nation’s foreign policy stance. However, it is essential for Bangladesh to approach any investment with caution, ensuring that projects are implemented transparently, sustainably, and in the best interest of the local communities. 

Bangladesh is on the cusp of achieving historic milestones. By leveraging opportunities in furthering this relationship effectively, Bangladesh can not only accelerate its journey towards becoming a developed nation, but in the process, aspire towards becoming a key player in regional and global trade.

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