Describing China as a trusted partner in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for exploring more avenues to take the bilateral strategic partnership to a new height.
“We would like to explore more avenues to take Bangladesh-China strategic partnership to new heights and also work together to address the regional and global issues for peace, security, stability and development,” she said.
The PM said this in her prerecorded message shared yesterday afternoon at a function marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Hasina said Bangladesh and China enjoy excellent relations based on mutual respect, shared values and commonalities in core national objectives.
She acknowledged with deep appreciation the cooperation and assistance by China during the Covid-19 pandemic, including the recent gifts of vaccine doses and CPC’s gifts of medical equipment to Awami League.
“I’m confident that the existing cordial ties between our two countries will be strengthened further in the days to come,” she said.
She recalled with profound appreciation the contributions of many CPC leaders in bolstering Bangladesh–China as well as CPC–Awami League relations over the past decades.
“On the auspicious occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of China, I, as the president of Bangladesh Awami League and on behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh, would like to convey to you and through you, to the government, members of the CPC and the friendly people of China, our heartiest felicitations and warmest greetings,” she said, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping,also the CPC general secretary.
The premier said the historic visits of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to China in 1952 and 1957, as a young leader of Awami League, provided further opportunities to exchange views with the then CPC leadership.
Bangabandhu recorded his admiration of the passion, commitment and conviction of the Chinese people to build a prosperous country under the leadership of CPC, in his book “Amar Dekha Noyachin” — The New China 1952, she mentioned.
Hasina said the CPC, through its judicious policies and visionary leadership, has transformed the country into a modern state to ensure prosperity for all.
In a span of a few decades, China has achieved amazing and inspiring progress in different areas — from space to nanotechnology, robotics to avionics — backed by high quality education and resulting in production of world-class goods and services, she said.
The PM said the development dividend has reached the common people even in the remote parts of China.
Similarly, Awami League, once headed by the Father of the Nation, led the War of Independence in 1971, established free and independent Bangladesh and now imbued by his dream of “Sonar Bangla”, is resolute to materialise that vision, she said.
“We aspire to bring affluence to all our citizens by 2041. I believe greater cooperation between our two parties would bring about more benefits to our citizens.”
Hasina wished Xi Jinping good health and happiness and continued peace, progress and prosperity of the friendly people of China.