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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Meets with Wang Yi

2022-08-07 23:55

On August 7, 2022 local time, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dhaka.

Wang Yi first conveyed Chinese leaders' sincere greetings to Prime Minister Hasina. He said that the firm friendship between China and Bangladesh was jointly forged by the elder generation of national leaders of the two countries and enjoys a profound historical and social foundation and solid public support.  The two countries have always trusted, respected, supported and helped each other. Last year, President Xi Jinping and Ms. Prime Minister respectively exchanged video congratulatory messages on the centenary of Bangladeshi founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, releasing a clear political signal of promoting and developing China-Bangladesh friendship. China has always been a reliable strategic partner of Bangladesh, and will continue to staunchly support Bangladesh in safeguarding national independence and national dignity, adhering to the development path suited to its own national conditions, and playing a bigger role in international affairs. China is willing to strengthen the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with Bangladesh's Vision 2041, share development experience and advanced technology, and deepen cooperation in infrastructure, digital economy, green development, clean energy, and other areas.

Hasina asked Wang Yi to convey her sincere greetings to Chinese leaders. She said that the Chinese delegation,  upon their arrival in Dhaka, laid wreaths at the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum. It demonstrated the respect for and friendship with Bangladesh. My father, Bangladeshi founding father Prime Minister Rahman visited China twice and was firmly committed to consolidating and developing Bangladesh-China relations. Bangladesh pursues the foreign policy of "friendship for all, no enemy for all", cherishes its traditional friendship with China, and regards China as an important partner in maintaining peace and seeking common development. Bangladesh looks forward to deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides and learning from China's successful experience in poverty reduction and alleviation. Bangladesh firmly adheres to the one-China policy, disapproves of the provocative behaviors of certain countries, and hopes to jointly safeguard a peaceful and stable environment for development.

Wang Yi appreciated the vast majority of developing countries including Bangladesh for openly standing up and supporting the one-China principle and China's legitimate position. Wang Yi emphasized that the United States' act seriously violated China's sovereignty, crudely interfered in China's internal affairs, and severely violated the basic norms governing international relations. China's countermeasures are aimed at defending its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and truly maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait, in Asia and the world at large.

Wang Yi emphasized that the 21st century is an era of revitalization for developing countries, and developing countries' jointly striding toward modernization is huge progress of human civilization. We should continue to support each other, remove disturbances, focus on development, and stride with confidence towards the stated goal of achieving the revitalization of respective nations.

The two countries also exchanged views on the issue of people seeking shelter in the border areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Wang Yi said that China welcomes the agreement which Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached in their recent consultations and supports an  early start of the first batch of repatriation, and is willing to continue to play a constructive role to this end.

During his visit, Wang Yi also met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen, and they witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on infrastructure, disaster prevention and mitigation, culture and tourism, and maritime affairs.

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