Visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji Friday held
extensive talks with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
on bilateral relations and a wide range of regional and
international issues of mutual concern.
spoke highly of the development of the Sino-Bangladeshi
ties, saying China and Bangladesh are close neighbors and
their friendship dates back to long time ago.
He said the friendship between China and
Bangladesh, built on the Five Principles of Peaceful
Coexistence, has remained unchanged, no matter what happened
on the international arena or in their respective countries.
Zhu said the Chinese government has treasured
the friendship between the two countries and attached great
importance to their cooperative relations.
Chinese government highly appreciated the firm stand of
Bangladesh on issues concerning Chinese sovereignty such the
issues of Taiwan and Tibet, Zhu said, adding that China
thinks highly of the right positions that Bangladesh has
adopted on human rights issues.
He noted that
it is the Chinese government's consistent policy to develop
and consolidate the mutually beneficial and cooperative ties
between China and Bangladesh.
On the bilateral
cooperation in the economic and trade fields, Zhu said
economic and trade cooperation is an important part of the
As a developing
country, China has tried its best to provide all possible
assistance to Bangladesh, for the Chinese government has
given much importance to the Sino-Bangladeshi cooperation,
He assured his Bangladeshi
counterpart that the Chinese government will continue to
encourage and support well-established Chinese enterprises
to invest in Bangladesh so that both sides can expand their
cooperation in areas of common interest.
Minister Zia praised the tremendous achievements that the
Chinese people have scored in their economic development,
saying a strong and prosperous China will be a great
encouragement to the Bangladeshi people.
Congratulating China on its successful
accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Zia said
she believed China will play a more positive role in the
She emphasized that Taiwan is part of the
Chinese territory and that Bangladesh will continue to
uphold the one-China policy.
She thanked the
Chinese government and people for their generous assistance
to the economic and social development of Bangladesh in the
Khaleda Zia said there is a huge
potential for the Sino-Bangladeshi cooperation, and believed
it has a promising prospect.
Friday, China and Bangladesh signed seven agreements on
economic, trade and cultural cooperation, including an
agreement on economic and technical cooperation, and an
executive program of the cultural agreement for 2001-2003.
The Chinese Premier arrived in Dhaka earlier
in the day on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh, the
first leg of his two-nation tour to South Asia, which will
take him to India on Sunday.