Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jun on Saturday re-emphasized peaceful dialogue among major political parties to remove the differences and resolve the political crisis.
He said he has already made it clear that the two major political parties can find solution through peaceful dialogue as the solution remains on the political leaders and the people of Bangladesh.
“Because, you know better what you need. And you know better what is good for this country,” Li Jun told a discussion on ‘Bangladesh-China Relations: Potentials of Growing Partnership in the Coming Decades’ held at the Jatiya Press Club.
The Chinese diplomat laid emphasis on a comprehensive and sustainable partnership between Bangladesh and China for mutual benefit.
The envoy said the cooperation between China and Bangladesh is a mutually awarding process and “it has not and will not develop at the cost of any other country.”
Drawing an even more ambitious picture to upgrade China-Bangladesh cooperation, he said creative thinking and innovative policy is badly needed. “I agree that EPZ for Chinese companies will facilitate Chinese investment and enlarge Bangladesh’s export to China market.”
BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman, News Today Editor Reazuddin Ahmed, former ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmed, and Chairman of Economics Department, Dhaka University Prof MA Taslim, among others, took part in the discussion chaired by former Ambassador M Humayun Kabir.
China Bangladesh Study Group arranged the discussion where M Ashique Rahman, Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), presented keynote paper.
Ambassador Li Jun laid emphasized on construction of Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor and mentioned that it will help turn Bangladesh’s geographical advantage into economic and social development competitiveness.
“Including Sonadia deep-sea port building, it is in the interest of Bangladesh as well as the whole region at large.”
He said all are living deeply in an inter-dependant world and China’s cooperation with other countries including Bangladesh is inclusive, abd basically depends on its national and mutual interests.
“For Sino-US relationship, quite different from that of Soviet-US, has element of both cooperation and competition. More than anything else, they are important economic partners of each other.”
As the two largest emerging economies and developing countries, China and India share large common grounds in international affairs, the Chinese envoy said.
BNP leader Mahbubur Rahman said Bangladesh needs to develop direct connectivity with China which is poised to be the number one economy in the world. “We seek Chinese support to develop our sea-route, ocean economy, and in the areas of water resource management, renewable energy.”
Emphasizing Chinese investment here and support Chinese investors with special economic zone for them, he said: “We can both rise together hand in hand.”
Munshi Faiz said China will continue to grow in a sustainable way and Bnagladesh can benefit from it. “Bangladesh can develop ocean economy with the help of a friend like China.”
He said Bangladesh does not need to make friendship with China at the cost of any other country, rather maintaining the friendly relations with other countries.
Prof MA Taslim said since Bangladesh has limited resources it needs to focus on specific countries like the group of countries under European Union, USA, India, Gulf States and China.
He laid emphasis on creating demand of Bangladeshi products in global market through productive investment. “And we can gain tremendously with the involvement of China in our economy.”
Reazuddin Ahmed said Bangladesh-China relation is growing very rapidly and China will remain an interesting country for Bangladesh for a long time.
Humayun Kabir said Bangladesh needs a smart diplomacy to get connected with China as connectivity is very important.
“There has been nothing controversial between Bangladesh-China relations. China is a solid and tested friend of Bangladesh,” he said.
The former ambassador also said that Bangladesh needs to maintain good relation with China, India and Myanmar as Bangladesh is sitting in the middle of emerging economic powers.
“China’s rise would be peaceful and Bangladesh will benefit from China’s rise,” he added.