South Asia

China keen on Chittagong-Kunming link

A Bangladeshi proposal to build road connectivity from Chittagong to China’s Kunming via Cox’s Bazar and Myanmar has been supported by China.

In this connection, China has also agreed to hold Bangladesh-China-Myanmar tripartite meeting, a top Bangladesh Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday.

The proposed Chittagong-Kunming road, understandably a new one, will be separate from the proposed Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor, the talks for which are under way, explained Bangladesh Foreign Secretary M. Shahidul Haque after China-Bangladesh official talks in Dhaka on Sunday.

The meeting, led by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Bangladesh counterpart A. H. Mahmood Ali, was held to strengthen the bilateral relations, said the Bangladesh foreign office.

40 years of bilateral ties

Mr. Yi arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on his maiden visit ahead of celebrations marking 40 years of diplomatic ties with Bangladesh next year.

The talks held on Sunday mainly covered various bilateral issues, including expansion of bilateral trade and business, connectivity and cooperation in energy and industrial sectors.

Regarding the establishment of BCIM corridor, Mr. Haque said the Chinese Foreign Minister showed his country’s interest in this regard for increasing socio-economic cooperation and people-to-people contacts.

The two Foreign Ministers also reviewed progress of some memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and Letters of Exchange inked between the two countries during the official visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to China in June this year.

The visiting Chinese Foreign Minister also proposed to begin negotiations on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to scale down the existing trade gap between the two countries.

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