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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen

2022-08-07 23:55

On August 7, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen in Dhaka.

Momen said that the strong Bangladesh-China friendship was forged and nurtured by the elder generations of national leaders of the two countries, and the two countries are partners with mutual trust and of common development. Deepening close ties and cooperation with China is an irreplaceable choice for Bangladesh. Bangladesh's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had visited China twice, and was deeply impressed by the firm will, honoring commitments and robust vitality of the Chinese people. Since the establishment of diplomatic relationship, Bangladesh-China relations have enjoyed a rapid development. President Xi Jinping paid a milestone visit to Bangladesh in 2016, and all outcomes have been effectively implemented. Momen thanks the Chinese side for providing the Bangladeshi side with valuable support, easing its immediate difficulties, and helping Bangladesh accelerate infrastructure developmen, changing the face of the country. China has created a miracle of economic development, and has become Bangladesh's biggest trading partner. Bangladesh expects to strengthen the alignment and cooperation between the "Sonar Bangla" dream and the Belt and Road Initiative, to speed up the achievement of Bangladesh's vision and goals.

Wang Yi said that the China-Bangladesh relations are founded on the basis of profound mutual trust of the elder generations of national leaders of the two countries, on the basis of jointly striving for national independence and dignity, and on the basis of jointly safeguarding legitimate interests of developing countries. Wang Yi congratulates Bangladesh on its flourishing economy and continuously improved livelihood of its people. The China-Bangladesh cooperation in various fields has been smoothly advanced delivering benefits to the two peoples. In the process of Bangladesh's realizing the "Sonar Bangla" dream, China has always been Bangladesh's most reliable long-term strategic partner. China stands ready to promote the greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and Bangladesh's development strategies, accelerate the joint feasibility studies of the China-Bangladesh free trade agreement, share development and market opportunities with each other, and share advanced experience and technology.

Wang Yi elaborated on China's position on the Taiwan question, and appreciates Bangladesh's immediate support for China's legitimate propositions. He emphasized that China is ready to work with the vast developing countries to jointly safeguard respective national sovereignty and territorial integrity, jointly uphold the basic norm governing international relations of non-interference in other country's internal affairs, jointly maintain global and regional peace and stability, jointly oppose and contain any activity to split a country, and jointly strive for a favorable external environment for focusing on seeking development.

Momen expressed that Bangladesh firmly adheres to the one-China principle, believes that Taiwan is part of China, and supports the Chinese side in safeguarding its core interests and major concerns. Some countries do not want to see developing countries grow and become strong, and do everything possible to create various obstacles. The world needs China’s strength and voice, and Bangladesh will stand firmly with China. Bangladesh advocates multilateralism, adheres to the five principles of peaceful coexistence, and holds that the purposes and principles and the UN Charter must be upheld, and the UN General Assembly resolutions must be implemented. The separatism must be effectively forestalled; otherwise, it will be a catastrophe for the whole world.

The two sides agreed on strengthening cooperation in infrastructure, economic and industrial parks, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, to expand cooperation in local currency settlement, 5G and clean energy. The two sides will continue close communication and coordination in international and regional affairs.

Wang Yi announced that China's grant of zero-tariff treatment for 98 percent of taxable items of Bangladeshi products exported to China will officially take effect on September 1. China welcomes more superior products from Bangladesh  to China.

The two sides also had in-depth exchanges of views on issues of common concern.

After the talks, the two foreign ministers jointly witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on infrastructure, disaster prevention and mitigation, culture and tourism, and maritime affairs.

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