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China ready to work on Chittagong-Kunming road link

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jingpin has told BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia that China is ready to work together with Bangladesh towards establishing road and rail link between Chittagong and Kunming as part of growing connectivity in the region, reports UNB.

The Chinese Vice President said this during a meeting with Khaleda Zia at Beijing's historic Great Hall of the People Thursday afternoon, according to a message received here.

Xi Jingpin said China will actively consider participating in the construction of a deep sea port in Sonadia in the Bay of Bengal.

Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, is now in China on a weeklong visit.

Khaleda Zia's meeting with the Chinese Vice President received wide publicity in the Chinese media. It was the lead news in the electronic media Thursday.

The BNP chairperson went to China on Monday at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Khaleda is scheduled to leave Beijing on Friday for home via Bangkok.

On her arrival at the Great Hall, BNP Chairperson and her delegation members were formally received by Xi Jingpin and other senior leaders in traditional Chinese custom.

During the meeting, the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China were discussed in great details with special emphasis on ways to strengthen it further in the days to come.

Assuring Khaleda of China's continued economic, financial and technical support to Bangladesh in the days ahead, the Chinese Vice President said that the relations between China and Bangladesh will get a new dimension in near future.

Both leaders agreed that this project would play a vital role for the economy of Bangladesh and other countries in this neighbourhood.

Xi Jing Pin recalled that the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China were established by late President Ziaur Rahman and spoke of President Zia's invaluable contributions towards strengthening the relations.

He was happy that these have further been consolidated under the wise leadership of Khaleda Zia.

The Chinese leader recalled the contributions of Khaleda Zia towards promoting socioeconomic development in Bangladesh.

Xi Jingpin said, "Strengthening party-to-party relations between the CPC and the BNP will contribute towards giving our bilateral relations a further boost."

In response, Khaleda said the people of Bangladesh have always considered China as a special friend.

She recalled with gratitude the immense contribution that China has made in the economic and infrastructure development in Bangladesh and expressed confidence that this would continue in the future. She also reiterated BNP's support to China's 'One China Policy'.

The former premier expressed the hope that a solution can be reached between China and Japan over disputed Islands in East China Sea in the interest of peace and stability in the region.

Khaleda wished the upcoming 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China a success and expressed confidence that China will attain greater success under the dynamic leadership of the party.

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