Bangladesh seeks to further ties as FM visits China

09:02, June 21, 2011      

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Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said on Monday that Bangladesh seeks to boost bilateral cooperation with China on Monday during her visit to China .

Moni is currently on a visit to China. She said the visit is aimed at sustaining the momentum of China-Bangladesh ties and enhancing cooperation.

She said Bangladesh has received great support and cooperation from China in many sectors, adding that bilateral cooperation has aided Bangladesh in the development of its infrastructure and several of its industries, including raw materials and industry.

"China has played a big role in Bangladesh's development," she said.

Statistics show that two-way trade volume exceeded 7 billion U.S. dollars last year. Moni said that although Bangladesh's exports to China are increasing, they are still rather low.

She said investment from China can offset the imbalance to some extent, and that Bangladesh can add value to products that it purchases from China and then export these products.

Moni kicked off her eight-day visit on June 15 and will meet with Vice President Xi Jinping, as well as her counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Prior to stopping in Beijing, Moni also toured Xi'an, a city in northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Shanghai, the nation's financial hub.

Moni, who is on her second visit to China since assuming office, said China's development has progressed "tremendously."

"I don't think the development can be seen as a threat, and we see China as a friend and a responsible player in the world," Moni said.

Bangladesh believes China can play an even bigger role in the world, and also play a major role in restructuring the global financial system and making reforms within the United Nations, Moni said.

China-Bangladesh relations go beyond simple economics, and the two countries share close cooperation and similar views on major issues, she said.

Moni delivered a speech on Monday afternoon at the China Institute of International Studies. Her speech was titled "Foreign Policy of Bangladesh: Priorities, Challenges and Bangladesh-China Relations."

Source: Xinhua
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