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China and Bangladesh to enhance cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative


‍Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Beijing on Friday, calling on the two countries to enhance cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Wang said China and Bangladesh are friendly neighbors and the two countries share similar development aspirations and have similarly aligned national dreams.

He said the strategic partnership of cooperation established by leaders of the two countries has provided new opportunities for enhancing mutual understanding, cementing mutual trust, realizing common development and win-win results between the two countries.

‍Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Beijing, June 29, 2018. /Photo via CCTV

Peace and development, economic globalization, and construction of a community with a shared future for mankind are irreversible trends, Wang said.

China-Bangladesh relations are an example of China's neighborhood diplomacy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, Wang said, adding China applauds Bangladesh's development achievements and stands ready to enhance cooperation with Bangladesh taking the building of the Belt and Road as an opportunity, and implement important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries.

Ali commended the friendly relations between the two peoples and the momentum of cooperation between the two countries. He said Bangladesh is ready to work with China to consolidate and strengthen cooperation in various fields and take their bilateral relations to a new level under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also met with Ali on Friday.

Wang Yi noted that China will make efforts with Bangladesh to deepen the strategic communication, security cooperation, people-to-people exchange, international coordination, which is to put new motivation into the relationship between the two countries, and further strengthen the strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Wang added that China hopes to develop the Internet+ industry together and help make Bangladesh the ninth country that can use the overseas online payment functions of AliPay among the countries on the Belt and Road in the future. 

China's FM Wang Yi and Bangladesh's FM Ali deliver briefing speeches after the meeting, June 29, 2018. /CGTN photo

Ali expressed that Bangladesh cherishes the friendship between the two countries, and has dedicated to enhancing the cooperation with China. His country will actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, which is to promote the relations of the two sides to  another level.  

In October 2016, President Xi Jinping paid a visit to Bangladesh, elevating China-Bangladesh relations into a strategic partnership of cooperation.


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