Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today (7 August 2022) that South Asia, Southeast Asia and China could work together for economic progress in facing challenges caused by the Russian- Ukrainian.
Referring to the Russian-Ukrainian war, Western sanctions and counter-sanctions, she said: “People (across the world) are going through tough times…South Asia, Southeast Asia and the China can work together for economic progress.
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The premier made the remarks when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid him a courtesy call at his official residence in Gono Bhaban.
During the meeting, the Chinese foreign minister said his country will support issues involving Bangladesh in international forums and pursue Bangladesh’s development cooperation as a strategic partner.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the media after the meeting.
Recalling Bangabandhu Nation Father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s visit to China in 1952 and 1957, Hasina said Bangabandhu was a great admirer of the founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong. This was elaborated in Bangabandhu’s book “Amar Dekha Naya Chin” (New China as I saw it).
The prime minister thanked the Chinese president for delivering a video message marking the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the centenary of the birth of Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Wang Yi also conveyed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s greetings to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
The Chinese president also thanked Sheikh Hasina for sending a message marking 100 years of the Communist Party of China.
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming, among others, were present.