Bangladesh, China discuss road link

China is Bangladesh`s largest trade partner and supplier of defence hardware.

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010, 11:41 AM IST

Dhaka: China is ready to sign a pact with Bangladesh on a road link via Myanmar, a visiting Chinese official has said.

China had expressed its support to build a 111-km road covering the three nations in March this year. It will link the southern Yunnan province with Bangladesh via Myanmar.

Qin Guangrong, governor of Yunnan province, told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday that China was ready to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Bangladesh on road and rail communications.

The official is on a two-day visit to the country following an invitation from the prime minister during her visit to China in March this year.

She had discussed the project with Chinese officials during her visit.

Hasina said the Chittagong-Myanmar-Kunming highway will play a vital role in increasing bilateral trade and commerce.

"Bangladesh looks forward to establishing direct road and rail links with China via Myanmar," The Daily Star reported on Monday quoting Hasina as saying.

China is Bangladesh`s largest trade partner and supplier of defence hardware.

IANS