AKM Moinuddin, UNB Staff Writer
Hunan Province (China), Oct 30 – China wants to maintain good relations with Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, keeping in mind the greater welfare of the people in the region, says a Chinese vice minister.
“Though we’ve mountains in both countries, these couldn’t put a barrier to our growing relations,” Vice Minister Zhou Xiang told UNB on Monday night.
Mentioning Chinese President Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, the leader of the Publicity Department of CPC Hunan Provincial Committee said China maintains good relations with South Asian countries following the OBOR that says moving ahead together.
“Our government always attaches the highest importance to South Asian countries,” he said.
Terming both Bangladesh and China densely populated countries, Xiang said both the countries are working for people’s welfare.
“Bangladesh can take lessons from China’s development experiences. But we don’t impose anything on any country,” he said sharing how China today becomes the second largest economy in the world from a poor country.
Zhou Xiang gave credit to the Communist Party of China (CPC) for the rapid development his country witnessed over the past decades.
The vice minister recalled China’s reforms and open policy that is taking China forwards and China will remain open to extend support to its friends like Bangladesh.
Terming Dhaka-Beijing relations very strong, he said the friendship is like the two countries are drinking water from the same river.
The Vice Minister, however, did not want to make any comments on Rohingya issue saying it is a diplomatic issue.
He observed that the cultural ties and people-to-people contacts between the two countries have witnessed tremendous growth in recent times. “I hope our friendship and love for each other will grow further in the days to come,” Xiang said.
Zhou Xiang termed the just concluded 19th CPC National Congress a ‘milestone’ which will help China move ahead with development goals.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s report at the landmark meeting of the Communist Party of China has further boosted the confidence of foreign countries and organisations in China’s development prospect and global role, political insiders say.
In the report unveiled at the opening session of the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi unveiled China’s future development and reiterated his country’s aspiration to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Earlier in the evening, the Chinese Vice Minister hosted a dinner in honour of visiting Bangladesh media delegation at Dolton International Hotel.
Director (News), Bangladesh Betar, Hosne Ara Talukder is leading the 12-member media delegation.