| ০৩ জুলাই ২০১৯, ০০:০০ | Update : ০৩ জুলাই ২০১৯, ২২:৪৫
Noting that there are many things that could be learnt from China, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is advancing by maintaining good relations with all countries including neighbors.
“China has established itself as the second economic power in the world in the last 70 years … I’ll tell the Bangladeshi students who are studying in China that there are many things that they can learn from it and how the Chinese people work by giving labors day and night.”
The Prime Minister was addressing a civic reception accorded to her at Legendale Hotel in Beijing on Wednesday evening. Expatriate Bangladeshis under the supervision of Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing hosted the reception. Reports BSS.
The Prime Minister is now in China on a bilateral official visit to join the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting and hold meetings with top Chinese leaders.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Engineer Shamsul Haque, an expatriate Bangladeshi, also spoke at the function, moderated by Bangladesh Ambassador to China Fazlul Karim.
Sheikh Hasina said the government is not only making development endeavors inside the country, it is also taking the country forward internationally by following its foreign policy — “friendship to all, malice to none”.
The Prime Minister said many ask her in the international forum how Bangladesh keeps friendship with both India and China. “In reply, I tell them that there is no problem in maintaining good ties with the two countries,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh maintains good relations with all including its neighbors.
“We follow Bangabandhu’s principles in this regard word by word and that’s why we’ve no hostile relations with anybody,” she said.
The premier said investment is coming to Bangladesh as the country has good ties with all. “Investment comes if a stable and democratic government exists in the country,” she continued.
About the relations with China, the Prime Minister said many mega projects like Karnaphuli Tunnel are being implemented with Chinese assistance.
“It has been possible due to good relations with China,” she said.
Referring to the solutions to the land boundary dispute with India and maritime boundary dispute with Myanmar and India, the Prime Minister recalled that Bangabandhu had taken initiatives by enacting necessary laws to resolve the disputes with the neighbors.
“It is seen that war takes place across the world on exchanging of enclaves. But Indian people remained united about Bangladesh as the Indian parliament irrespective of parties and opinions unanimously passed the land boundary law” she said.
“We exchanged enclaves in a festive mood and it’s a unique example in the world … in this way we’re taking the country forward by solving every problem,” she said.
Spelling out Bangladesh’s tremendous development in the last one decade, the Prime Minister said any country witnesses development when only those who struggled for independence and sacrificed for the country and wants welfare of the people remains in power.
“You’ve seen its proof,” she said, mentioning the country’s horrible conditions from 1975-1996 and 2001-2008.
In this connection, Sheikh Hasina posed a question that why the country could not advance at that time. “I don’t know whether you can find out its reason” she added.
“But a reason is very clear to me that nothing can be expected from those who didn’t want the country’s independence and those who still remain engrossed with love for Pakistan,” she said.