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Bangladesh is keen to boost economic ties with China

Easterntimes, Special Correspondent, Dhaka, 29 October: Bangladesh has laid emphasis on enhanced trade and investment cooperation with China amid growing interest among Chinese investors to invest in Bangladesh.

“We are working very closely with the Chinese authorities to know the need of the Chinese importers,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam while addressing a virtual dialogue titled “Bangladesh-China Development Cooperation: Experience and Outlook”.

Shahriar said there is an increasing interest of investment in Bangladesh and investment will continue to grow in the exclusive economic zone in Anwara upazila of Chattogram on 800 acres of land.

He reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment on having closer economic cooperation with China for mutual benefit.

Referring to high level visits between the two countries, Shahriar said there will be more such high level visits once the COVID-19 situation improves.

On infrastructure issues, the State Minister said the infrastructure gap will not be widening rather it will be narrowing down amid huge works in place.

Vaccine diplomacy, Rohingya crisis, global initiatives like Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) were also discussed.

Mahbub Uz Zaman, Bangladesh Ambassador to China, Li Jiming, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh attended the programme, organised by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) as guests of honour.

Ambassador M Humayun Kabir, President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI); Major General A N M Muniruzzaman, ndc, psc (Retd), President, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS); Cheng Min, Professor, Institute for Bangladesh Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Kunming, China; and Dr Wang Shida, Deputy Director, China Academy of Contemporary International Relations, Institute of South Asian Studies, Beijing, China, made comments as panelists.

Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, CPD chaired the dialogue.

Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, CPD delivered the welcome remarks.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Bangladesh-China diplomatic ties.

During the past decades, development cooperation between Bangladesh and China has increased significantly, the speakers said.

The objective of the event was to review Bangladesh’s economic relationship with China and discuss the outlook for future bi-lateral partnership through investment and trade.

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