No problem to maintain good relations with India and China: Hasina

Special Correspondent
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her china visit last week noted that there are many things that could be learnt from China and Bangladesh is also making progress by maintaining good relations with all countries, including neighbours.
The prime minister while addressing a civic reception accorded her at Legendale Hotel in Beijing on Wednesday evening asked the Bangladeshi students styding in China to learn from as to how the Chinese people work, labouring day and night.
Expatriate Bangladeshis under the auspices of the Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing hosted the reception, reports BSS.
Sheikh Hasina said the government is not only making development endeavours inside the country, but also taking the country forward internationally by following its foreign policy of “friendship to all, malice to none.”
The prime minister said many ask her in the international forum how Bangladesh keeps friendship with both India and China. “In reply, I tell them that there is no problem in maintaining good ties with the two countries,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh maintains good relations with all, including its neighbors.
“We follow Bangabandhu’s principles in this regard, word for word, and that’s why we’ve no hostile relations with anybody,” she said.
The premier said investment is coming to Bangladesh as the country has good ties with all. “Investment comes if a stable and democratic government exists in the country,” she continued.
About relations with China, the prime minister said many mega projects like the Karnaphuli Tunnel are being implemented with Chinese assistance.
“It has been possible due to good relations with China,” she said.
Discussing solutions to the land boundary dispute with India and maritime boundary disputes with Myanmar and India, the prime minister recalled that Bangabandhu took initiatives by enacting laws necessary to resolving disputes with neighbors.
“It is seen that war takes place across the world on exchanging of enclaves. But the Indian people remained united about Bangladesh, as the Indian parliament, irrespective of parties and opinions, unanimously passed the land boundary law,” she said.
“We exchanged enclaves in a festive mood and it’s a unique example in the world … in this way we’re taking the country forward by solving every problem,” she said.
Spelling out Bangladesh’s tremendous development in the last decade, the prime minister said any country witnesses development only when those who struggled for independence and sacrificed for the country, and want the welfare of the people, remain in power.
Nine agreement signed
Bangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas.
The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the capital of China.
Of the instruments, four ones were signed between the economic relations division of Bangladesh and the ministry of commerce of China, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters.
The four instruments are — Framework Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area; Framework Agreement of Power Grid Network Strengthening Project under PGCB Project; Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the two governments; and Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Investment Cooperation Working Group.
The ERD also inked two loan agreements with the Export-Import Bank of China.
The two agreements are Government Concessional Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project; and Preferential Buyer’s Credit Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project.
Besides, a Memorandum of Understanding and its Implementation Plan upon provision of Hydrological Information of Yaluzhangbu/Brahmaputra River was signed between ministry of water resources of Bangladesh and ministry of water resources of China.
Another MoU on Cultural and Tourism Exchange Programme was signed by ministry of culture of China and ministry of cultural affairs of Bangladesh.
The remaining instrument is Letter of Exchange on the Rohingya Refugees Rice Aid, which was signed the disaster management and relief ministry of Bangladesh and China International Development Cooperation Agency.
Under the LoE, China will provide 2,500 metric tonnes of rice as assistance for the displaced Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.
On behalf of Bangladesh side, ERD secretary Monwar Ahmed signed most of the instruments, while water resources secretary Kabir bin Anwar and cultural affairs secretary Md Abu Jena Mostafa Kamal inked one instrument each.

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