Prime Minister Li offers to take bilateral relations to a new height

After India and Russia, China has extended its crucial support to the new government led by Sheikh Hasina. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said Beijing would like to join hands with the Sheikh Hasina-led government to take “comprehensive and cooperative partnership to a new height.”

The Chinese leader, in a message, congratulated Ms. Hasina who assumed office for the second successive term after a much-debated Jan. 5 elections.

The message was handed over to Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque by the country’s ambassador Li Jun handed on Monday.

While the Indian and Russian positions were on expected lines, in view of the ruling Awami League’s traditional ties with both since the 1971 liberation war, the Chinese position has surprised many.