China will strengthen cooperation with Bangladesh: Xi Jinping

Beijing: China will expand substantial exchanges and cooperation with Bangladesh to strengthen their "comprehensive partnership of cooperation", Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping told former Bangladesh Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia.

Begum Zia, who is visiting China with her Bangladesh Nationalist Party delegates, held an hour long meeting yesterday with Xi.

Xi, who is tipped to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013, hailed the traditional friendship, the political mutual trust, and the economic and cultural cooperation between China and Bangladesh, state run Xinhua reported.

"It's a constant policy of the Chinese Party and government to consolidate and develop relations with Bangladesh, as part of China's good-neighbourly and friendly foreign policy," Xi told Zia, who is on her eighth trip to China.

Xi said the Communist Party of China valued friendly ties with all parties in Bangladesh and expected the two sides to enhance exchanges between their leaderships and young politicians.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party would abide by the one-China policy and oppose interference in China's domestic affairs by any external force in any form, Zia said.