|Published : 13 Oct 2016, 19:17:32 | Updated : 13 Oct 2016, 19:17:42|
‘Jinping’s visit will have no negative impact on ties with India’
XI Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh will have no negative impact on Bangladesh’s relation with other countries, particularly with India, said Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Thursday.
“We don’t think so,” he said.
The minister said it in response to a question at a press briefing ahead of Xi Jinping’s two-day Bangladesh visit on Friday, reports bdnews24.com.
The question came in response to an article published at a Chinese newspaper Global Times’ editorial.
In the editorial wit was written that closer ties between Beijing and Dhaka may put pressure on New Delhi to rethink its strategy in South Asia and encourage it to better its relations with Beijing.
The editorial further stated that India need not be "jealous" of increasing ties between Dhaka and Beijing and it was wrong to think that Xi's trip to Bangladesh was "to snatch the South Asian country from the embrace of New Delhi".
The foreign minister termed the visit “historic” and said Bangladesh was still following the foreign policy principle set by the country’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which was “friendship to all, malice to none”.
He said Bangladesh expected more than 25 deals on different sectors, including trade, investment, communication, infrastructure development, railway and agriculture, to be signed during the visit.
Beijing termed the president’s visit a “milestone” and said he would push forward cooperation within the framework of China’s ‘belt and road initiative’.
The ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative that promotes regional and cross-continental connectivity between China and Eurasia is the centrepiece of China’s economic diplomacy. - IH