Dhaka, Beijing can strengthen ties further

Terming China one of the most valued partners of Bangladesh for its socio-economic development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has appreciated the East Asian country's continued aid and support to Bangladesh during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The premier sent a congratulatory message to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the occasion of the 71st founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China. She conveyed heartiest felicitations and warmest greetings to the government and the people of China.

Hasina also recalled President Xi's visit to Bangladesh in 2016 and hers to China in 2019 -- one elevating bilateral relations to Strategic Partnership of Cooperation and the other bringing the two friendly nations even closer on bilateral, regional, and international issues of common interests, according to the Chinese embassy in Dhaka.

With the vision to explore new avenues of further cooperation to realise the full potentials of China-Bangladesh relations, Hasina wished Xi Jinping good health, long life and happiness as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity to the friendly people of China.

She has also sent another congratulatory message to Li Keqiang, premier of the State Council of China.

In the message, she emphasised that the friendly relations between the two countries exist on the basis of shared values, similar national objectives and mutual respect.

Hasina highlighted the Strategic Partnership of Cooperation between China and Bangladesh established in 2016 with common aspirations towards peace, progress and prosperity of the two peoples.

She recalled her visit to China last year when the two countries reached broad consensuses on various issues.

The PM expressed optimism that the two countries can further fortify their relations through exploring new avenues of cooperation.

She wished her Chinese counterpart good health and happiness.

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