Hu Jintao Meets with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Hasina

On the afternoon of March 19, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Great Hall of the People.

President Hu made positive comments on China-Bangladesh relations. He said both countries were developing Asian countries that faced the common task of promoting social and economic development and improving living standards of their people. Both China and Bangladesh were working on regional cooperation and the invigoration and development of Asia. Hu said it is the firm and unchanged guideline of the Chinese government to continuously reinforce and expand friendly cooperation with Bangladesh. China was ready to deepen political links with Bangladesh by maintaining the momentum of exchanges by high-ranking officials and promptly communicating and coordinating on major issues of mutual concern. Hu said China was ready to deepen practical cooperation with Bangladesh by expanding trade, promoting mutual investment, encouraging companies of both countries to cooperate, and advancing the development of transport and information networks between the two countries. China was also ready to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges with Bangladesh, and both sides should take the opportunity of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties to expand exchanges and cooperation in culture, education, health, journalism and human resources development and reinforce friendly exchanges between the youth and women of the two countries, Hu said. China appreciates Bangladesh for adopting a foreign policy of good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation. Hu said China was ready to deepen cooperation with Bangladesh in the multinational arena, and to join with Bangladesh to address global challenges, promote regional and sub-regional cooperation and safeguard the interests of developing countries, so as to lift the comprehensive partnership of cooperation with Bangladesh to a new level.

Hasina said she had deeply felt the true friendship of the Chinese people and government as she had visited China several times over the years. She said the Bangladeshi people would never forget the precious support and assistance that China had offered over the years. Currently Bangladesh is facing the arduous task of economic growth and poverty reduction. Hasina expressed the wish to maintain contacts with China at high and other levels so as to learn from each other. She said the two countries could expand cooperation in the areas of trade, economy, agriculture and culture. The two countries should jointly address major challenges such as food security, climate change and natural disasters. She expressed readiness to work with China to promote peace, stability and common development in the region. During her visit to China, Hasina witnessed the signing of several new cooperation agreements between the two countries, which are important outcomes of bilateral ties. The Bangladeshi side is ready to work with China to push forward bilateral ties.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Xianyi and other officials were present at the meeting.

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