Hasina meets Wen to deepen `comprehensive partnership`

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 19:12

Beijing: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina on Thursday held talks with her Chinese counterpart Wen
Jiabao in a bid to boost bilateral cooperation as she
underlined the need to deepen the "comprehensive partnership"
with Beijing.

Hasina, who arrived here on a landmark 5-day visit
yesterday, met the Chinese premier and exchanged views on
enhancing the bilateral cooperation.
Qin Gang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said
Beijing highly values Hasina?s visit. China hopes that her
visit would contribute to the steady development of
Sino-Bangladesh ties, he told media briefing here today.

China is expected to announce give USD 8.7-billion
funding for Bangladesh`s Chittagong port as well construction
of highway linking Kunming, in south-western Yunnan province
to Chittagong via Myanmar to give access to China to make use
of the port.

Hasina is also scheduled to visit Kunming.

She will call on President Hu Jintao and Wu Bangguo,
Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples
Congress who is ranked second next to Hu, tomorrow.

Hasina has underlined the significance of her maiden
visit to the country since becoming the prime minister after
the landmark 2008 parliamentary elections.
She said Bangladeshis have watched with great
admiration the phenomenal and sustained development achieved
by the people of China over the last three decades.

"We, in Bangladesh, have watched with great admiration
the phenomenal and sustained development achieved by the
people of China over the last three decades. We felicitate the
Chinese people and their leaders on their successes," she said
in an article published in the official China Daily here
today.

Hasina said: "China has been a major partner in our
socio-economic development efforts. Cooperation between our
two countries have widened in all areas including trade,
investment, agriculture, science, technology, defence,
education, culture and tourism".

She highlighted the "ample scope" for further
deepening and expanding our "comprehensive partnership of
cooperation".

"There is, however, ample scope for further deepening
and expanding our "comprehensive partnership of cooperation"
in these as well as other new areas," she wrote.

The Awami League leader said that during her current
visit she would seek to work with the Chinese leaders to
prepare the ground for lifting the "friendship and cooperation
to new heights".

She underlined that China has emerged as the "most
dependable and consistent friend of Bangladesh", ever since
the two countries established their diplomatic relations 35
years ago.

Hasina recalled her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman?s
visit to China in 1953 and 1957.

"I grew up hearing about China and her wonderful
people from him. I have also had the privilege of visiting
China several times. China and her people have always
fascinated me. I am happy to be here once again,” she said.

China took time to recognise Bangladesh after it
separated from Pakistan. Beijing even used for the first time
its veto power in the UN Security Council in 1972 to block
Dhaka’s admission to the world body.

Later China repaired its ties with Dhaka with large
amount of assistance.

In her article, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni
said Hasina’s "visit will go down as an important milestone in
the history of the ever-flourishing friendship and cooperation
between our two countries".

China remains a major partner in Bangladesh`s
socio-economic development endeavour, providing Bangladesh
with technical and financial assistance for building bridges,
roads, power plants, factories, convention centers etc?, she
said.

"This is, in fact, the beginning of a new chapter of
an even closer `comprehensive partnership of cooperation`",
Moni underlined.

She said Bangladesh has always supported Beijing on
her core national interests and accordingly Dhaka considers
Taiwan and Tibet as integral parts of China.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 19:12

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