Dhaka, Beijing talk :China to build Ctg-Kunming road, rail link

China will construct road and railway link between Chittagong and Kunming via Myanmar to boost Sino-Bangladesh cooperation.Bangladesh and China agree that the governments of the two countries and Myanmar need to work together for Chittagong and Kunming connectivity.

The point was stressed at the 9th bilateral foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and China held on Oct 17 at the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing.

Foreign secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes led the Bangladesh delegation while his Chinese counterpart Liu Zhenmin, assistant foreign minister, led the Chinese side, says a foreign ministry press release.

During the consultations, the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries was reviewed.

They also exchanged views on important regional and international issues of common concern.

Quayes requested the Chinese side to expedite fixing the amount of outstanding debt to be cancelled as decided earlier during the last visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

Zhenmin said the development departments of the two countries would discuss and expedite the process.

The foreign secretary sought Chinese help and cooperation in different sectors such as infrastructure development, particularly in power and energy, roads, bridges, telecom and deep sea port.

The Chinese AFM mentioned that developing ties with Bangladesh was part of the policy of his government and reiterated that China would continue to support development activities in Bangladesh.

The foreign secretary also requested the Chinese government to take measures for easing the existing visa regime for Bangladesh nationals with a view to promoting people-to-people contacts and trade.

The two sides discussed various regional and international issues of common concern including SAARC, BIMSTEC, BCIM, ARF, East Asia Summit, UNSC reforms and climate change.

China showed great interest in SAARC and said that they would participate in the forthcoming SAARC summit.

The foreign secretary also sought China’s cooperation in receiving financial support as well as technology to face the challenges of climate change, particularly for adaptation and mitigation activities.

He also requested China’s support for Bangladesh’s candidature for a non-permanent seat in the UNSC for the term 2016-2017.

The two sides agreed to sign a comprehensive consular agreement and set up a ‘Consular Mechanism’ to discuss various consul-related issues on a regular basis.

The foreign secretary was assisted by Bangladeshi ambassador to China Munshi Faiz Ahmad and other Mission officials.

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