Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina described China as one of the major development partners of Bangladesh, saying the main focus of the bilateral relations between the two countries should be focused on further development of the two nations. "The main focus of the bilateral relations of the two countries should be on how to further develop our countries," she said when Chinese Vice-minister for foreign affairs Sun Weidong paid a courtesy call on her at the latter's official Ganabhaban residence. PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen after the meeting, local media reported.
The Chinese minister said China is keen to strengthen cooperation with Bangladesh in several sectors particularly renewable energy and hi-tech.
"There is potential for more cooperation here," he said.
Bangladesh premier said Bangladesh allotted lands for Chinese entrepreneurs in the economic zones in Bangladesh and they can set up industries there.
The Chinese Vice-minister conveyed the greetings of the Chinese President and Prime Minister to Sheikh Hasina. Praising the development of Bangladesh, he said he visited Bangladesh some 10 years ago, but this time he found Bangladesh as much more developed one. "Bangladesh witnessed tremendous development under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina", he said.
He said he visited the Padma Bridge and five other China-assisted projects in Bangladesh. The PM also conveyed her personal regards to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
She said some 6,000 Bangladeshi students are pursuing study in China and many of them returned home during the Covid pandemic.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the Chinese government for facilitating Bangladeshi students to go back to China after the pandemic to continue their studies.
PM's Ambassador-at-large Mohammad Ziauddin, PM's Principal Secretary M. Tofazzel Hossain Miah, Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit) at the Foreign Ministry Rear Admiral (Retd.) Md Khurshed Alam and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen were present.
Chinese Vice-minister of foreign affairs Sun Weidong arrived in Dhaka on Friday night on a two-day official visit.