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News From Bangladesh

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  1. ~Phoenix~ Bangladesh

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    I'll post all news and everything going on in Bangladesh here!
     
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    CT unit official Sanowar claims they have destroyed the arms and ammunition supply chain of the New JMB group
    Eleven suspected militants have been killed in gunfights with law enforcers in three separate raids in Gazipur and Tangail districts.

    Police’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit conducted one of the raids and elite force Rapid Action Battalion the other two Saturday.

    In another drive carried out in Ashulia area of Savar, RAB arrested Abdur Rahman, the main financier of the recent terrorist attacks, and recovered Tk30 lakh, a pistol, ammunition, five knives, a mobile jammer and radical books from his possession.

    Patartek, Gazipur
    Members of the CT unit surrounded a two-storey house in Patartek area in Gazipur around 3:30am.[​IMG]

    Around 8:30am, police called for the residents to come out. They were met with gunfire in response. Following about two hours of gunfight, the militants threatened to explode a gas cylinder behind the door if police tried to come in.

    Police ceased operation and asked the militants to surrender again. The militants fired more shots at the law enforcers. At 3pm, police carried out the final drive which went on for about 40 minutes. At least 14 grenades thrown from the house exploded in this time.

    At the end of the raid, seven militants were found dead on the first floor of the building.

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and senior officials of the police visited the spot in the last moments of the drive.

    Of the deceased, one is Faridul Islam alias Akash alias Pravat, the Dhaka division’s operational commander of New JMB. The identities of the other six have not been confirmed.

    The minister later told reporters that Akash had been trying to mobilise the New JMB group since the death of Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury in Narayanganj raid in August.

    Sources said the missing elder son of Tanvir Qadri, who committed suicide during the Azimpur raid, was among the seven militants killed in Patartek raid.

    At the end of the operation, police recovered three small arms and locally-made sharp weapons.

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    A photo of Akash, the New JMB leader killed by police

    ADC Sanowar Hossain of the CT bomb disposal unit told the Dhaka Tribune that they cordoned off the house on the basis of a tip-off that Akash and his cohorts were staying there.

    The building is owned by Saudi Arabia expatriate Solaiman Miah and managed by his younger brother Osman Gani, a former teacher of Jangalia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Kaliganj.

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    The seven militants including Akash were staying in this house in Gazipur Patartek

    A SWAT member was hit by a bullet in the operation but his injuries were minimal.

    Lebubagan, Gazipur
    Two suspected militants were killed during an operation by RAB at a den in Lebubagan area of Gazipur, about 500 metres from the Patartek den.

    RAB Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan confirmed the deaths to the Dhaka Tribune. RAB 12 began the drive around 5am and it continued till midday.

    The killed militants were primarily identified as Rashed Mia and Touhidul Islam, of Narsingdi, but RAB was checking whether these identities were real.

    Mufti Mahmud said one AK22 rifle, bomb making materials, one laptop, a locally-made sharp weapon and some bullets were seized from the den.

    House owner Ataur Rahman, who is staying in Dhaka, finished the construction of the house one and a half months ago, said RAB 1 Deputy Commander Kazi Shoiab Hossain.

    Rashid Mia had told Ataur that he passed HSC and was preparing for university admissions. Touhidul had identified himself as a student of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (Duet).

    Kagmara, Tangail
    In another raid carried out by RAB, two suspected militants were killed in a three-storey building in Mirzamath area of Kagmara in Tangail town in the morning.

    Commanding Officer RAB 12 Additional DIG Md Shahabuddin Khan said the raid took place from 10:30am to 3pm.

    Commander of CPC 3 Md Mohiuddin Faruki told the Dhaka Tribune the dead militants had been identified as Atiqur Rahman and Sagar Hossain from Rajshahi Charghat.

    Two RAB men were injured during the drive, he claimed.

    RAB recovered one pistol, one revolver, 11 sharp weapons, 12 bullets, two laptops and Tk64,362 from the ground floor flat.

    Additional DIG Shahabuddin said that the two men called landlord Azhar Ali Master on September 27 identifying themselves as students and moved in the next day.

    Azhar Ali was detained for questioning, he added.

    Azhar Ali told the Dhaka Tribune that he had asked the new tenants for their national IDs but they had asked for seven days’ time.

    “After that I went away to Tabligh and returned today. Now I have lean rt that they are involved in terrorist activities,” he added.

    In December, two JMB members were killed in a gunfight with RAB at an abandoned house in Vogra area near Gazipur-Chittagong bypass road.

    Later in July, RAB arrested four members of JMB including a regional chief during a raid in Gazipur’s Tongi area. A large cache of arms, ammunition and bomb-making materials were also recovered from the fifth floor of the six-storey building at Ouchpara in Tongi’s Mukhtarbari.

    CT unit’s ADC Sanowar told the press at the end of the Patartek raid that through this raid, the police had destroyed the arms and ammunition supply chain of the New JMB group.

    “We have also successfully destroyed most of their ready force which was prepared to carry out attacks at any time,” he said. “At this point, we can say that in today’s operation we have destroyed about 99% of the New JMB’s strength.”



    Another drive kills 2 ‘militants’ in Tangail
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    Two suspected militants have been killed in a raid conducted by the elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Tangail town on Saturday morning
    Being informed, a team of RAB 12 made an operation at 10:35am at Mirzamath area of Kagmara in the district town, said Mohi Uddin Faruki, commander of RAB 12 CPC 3 of Tangail.

    “During the raid, two suspected militants were killed.”

    Moreover, two RAB men were also injured during the drive, he added.


    Three female militants back in DB custody
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    All three were coaxed into joining militancy by their husbands
    The three female militant suspects, who were arrested during an anti-militant raid in Azimpur, Dhaka last month, have been taken to the Detective Branch (DB) of police.

    A team of police’s Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit, led by Assistant Commissioner Ahsanullah, took them to the DB office under tight security yesterday afternoon after they were released from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

    Jasmine Nahar, resident surgeon of DMCH Emergency Department, said the suspects had recovered from their injuries, so they had been released from the hospital.

    The trio – Afrin alias Priyoti, 25, Adedatul Fatema alias Khadiza, 35, and Shaila Afrin, 23 – were injured when the CTTC raided a militant den in Azimpur on September 10. They were sent to the DMCH for treatment after they were arrested.

    Police said they, along with New JMB leader and Khadiza’s husband Tanvir Qadri, attacked the CTTC team when they were conducting the raid in search of militants.

    Tanvir committed suicide when the CTTC team stormed the den, according to police.

    Beside Khadiza, the other two are also wives of top militant leaders, said CTTC sources: Priyoti is wife of New JMB leader Nurul Islam Marjan, and Shaila is wife of Basharuzzaman.

    All three were coaxed into joining militancy by their husbands, the sources said.

    No official comment on this matter was available from the CTTC unit yesterday. However, some sources said the suspects might be interrogated about their militant links as well as the whereabouts of Jebunnahar, wife of New JMB military trainer Major (retd) Jahidul Islam, who escaped during the raid.

    Jebunnahar, suspected to be a top leader as well, allegedly managed to get in touch with another militant and is currently lying low in another hideout, according to CTTC sources.

    Key militant ‘financier’ held in Ashulia succumbs to injuries
    • Tribune Desk
    • Published at 09:06 PM October 08, 2016
    • Last updated at 11:51 PM October 08, 2016
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    RAB recovers Tk30 lakh, a pistol, bullets, mobile jammer and radical books from the house of Abdur Rahman in Ashulia area SaturdayDhaka Tribune
    RAB claims Abdur Rahman was the main financier behind all the recent subversive activities
    Alleged New JMB money man Abdur Rahman, caught by RAB in Ashulia after jumping from a five-storey building, has succumbed to his injuries.

    Savar MP and Director of Enam Medical College Hospital Dr Enamur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune the man had died in the ICU there around 9pm Saturday.

    Members of police’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion arrested Abdur Rahman from a house in Ashulia area Saturday afternoon after he jumped off the fourth floor of a five-storey building at Bashundhara Tek Moholla in Ashulia’s Baipail area.

    RAB media wing in a statement Saturday evening claimed that Abdur Rahman was the main financier behind all the recent subversive activities.

    The raid at Hamir Mridha Shahin’s house began around 3:30pm. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Abdur Rahman jumped off his flat cutting the grill and sustained injuries.

    He was later admitted to the ICU of Enam Medical College Hospital at Savar.

    Abdur Rahman used to stay in the flat with his wife Shahnaz Akter Ruma and their children. The elite force also recovered Tk30 lakh, a pistol, ammunition, five knives and a mobile jammer from the flat. Ruma was detained for questioning.

    Local lawmaker Enamur Rahman visited the spot. He later told reporters that Abdur Rahman had been under RAB’s watch for two years, but he could not be arrested since he changes his den frequently.
     
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    How big a problem are militants in Bangladesh and what are their aims?
    I assume you have islamic militants?
     
  4. ~Phoenix~ Bangladesh

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    We never had militant problems until 2 months ago,after the Dhaka attack,the only ever terrorist attack by islamic militants...
    ISIS claimed responsiblity for Dhaka attack,but it was later found out that local JMB strengthened itself and conducted the attack...Since then,government started massive programs to exterminate any signs of militancy,which is proving extremely effecting!
     
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    One of the problems Bangladesh have is that you are very close to countries with huge problems regarding Islamic extremism I suppose ?
     
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    We are surrounded by India and Myanmar on 3 sides and Bay of Bengal on the south...India currently has little or no islamic extremism problems and Myanmar is undergoing a massive civil war of 28 different factions and the Myanmarnese government...Myanmar army isn't able to stand against the insurgence ( and yet they dream about standing a chance against us )
     
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    All-round Mashrafe roars as Bangladesh level series
    • Mazhar Uddin
    • Published at 02:04 PM October 09, 2016
    • Last updated at 11:33 PM October 09, 2016
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    Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza roars after his side defeated England by 34 runs in the second ODI in Mirpur on SundayDHAKA TRIBUNE/Mainoor Islam Manik
    It was Bangladesh captain Mashrafe who fired from all cylinders, first with the bat and then with the ball
    Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza led from the front in what was a total team effort as they levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1 through their 34-run win in the second game at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

    The visitors were bundled out for 204 after Bangladesh posted a challenging total of 238/8 in 50 overs, courtesy a half-century from Mahmudullah and some lusty blows at the end by Mashrafe.

    Besides Mashrafe, who put in an all-round effort, fast bowler Taskin Ahmed also bowled superbly as he provided some important breakthroughs for the Tigers.

    But it was Mashrafe really who fired from all cylinders, first with the bat and then with the ball as he removed both the English openers Jason Roy (13) and James Vince (five) before dismissing the first ODI centurion Ben Stokes, who departed without troubling the scorers.

    Shakib al Hasan then accounted for the wicket of Ben Duckett (nought) after he opened the bowling.

    The champion cricketer also took a magnificent catch running backwards as Nasir Hossain dismissed Moeen Ali to steer the home side on the verge of victory.

    Mashrafe eventually picked up four wickets while Taskin bagged three.

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    Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed is in cloud nine after sending back England’s Chris WoakesDHAKA TRIBUNE

    Earlier, Bangladesh were asked to bat on a rather slow wicket as opening batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes had to face some controlled bowling by the English pacers.

    Both Tamim and Imrul were looking to free their arms but the English pacemen bowled a short pitch length more often than not without giving any room. Imrul (11) fell for the trap and was caught at deep square-leg trying to pull a Chris Woakes delivery.

    Woakes continued to bowl the same length and soon dismissed Tamim (14), who was caught at short mid-wicket trying to pull a short ball while Sabbir Rahman played on off the bowling of Jake Ball adding only three to leave the home side struggling on 39/3.

    Mahmudullah was the only Bangladesh batsman who dealt well with the short ball strategy as he along with Mushfiqur Rahim added 50 runs for the fourth wicket.

    But just when the pair was heading for a big partnership, Mushfiq was caught at deep fine leg trying to pull a Ball delivery, scoring 21 off 23 deliveries, and thus continuing his poor run with the bat.

    Shakib also departed cheaply after scoring three runs as youngster Mosaddek Hossain joined Mahmudllah in the middle.

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    Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah pulls en route to scoring his 16th ODI fifty DHAKA TRIBUNE

    In between all the action, Mahmudullah reached his 16th ODI fifty and kept the hosts’ hopes of posting a challenging total alive.

    The Tigers though were then dealt a double blow. First, Mahmudullah was trapped leg before by Adil Rashid after scoring 75 off 88 balls with the help of half a dozen fours while Mosaddek was caught at deep mid-wicket off the same bowler. Mosaddek made a patient 49-ball 29.

    Mashrafe then joined Nasir, who was playing his first ODI after nearly a year as Bangladesh entered their last 10 overs of the innings. The Bangladesh captain took up the responsibility and smashed the first six of the innings off Moeen Ali before blasting another maximum over long on to finish the over.

    Nasir gave some valuable support to the skipper as Bangladesh added 75 runs in their last 10 overs. Mashrafe (44) was finally run out with one ball remaining while Nasir remained unbeaten on a run-a-ball 27.

    BRIEF SCORE

    BANGLADESH 238/8 in 50 overs (Mahmudullah 75, Mashrafe 44, Woakes 2/40) beat ENGLAND 204 in 44.4 overs (Buttler 57, Mashrafe 4/29, Taskin 3/47) by 34 runs

    From : Dhaka Tribune
     
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    Bangladesh to roll out red carpet for Jinping

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    Bangladesh is set to roll out the red carpet as Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive tomorrow on a two-day state visit with Dhaka describing it as a “crucial” tour to open a new horizon for bilateral economic relations.

    “The visit of a Chinese president after a long time is the reflection of world leaders’ confidence to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s dynamic leadership,” Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali told a media briefing on the eve of the visit.

    He said President Md Abdul Hamid will welcome his Chinese counterpart with “state honour” at the VVIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport while a special aircraft carrying Jinping and his entourage members is set land at 11.40 am.

    “A 21- gun salute would herald his (Chinese president’s) arrival . . . two Bangladesh air force jets would escort the aircraft carrying the Chinese leader once it entered the country’s skyline,” Ali said.

    A smartly turned out joint contingent of army, navy and air force would offer him a guard of honour while Chinese President will take the salute from the saluting Dias and inspect the guard accompanied by his Bangladesh counterpart.


    National anthems of the two countries will be played during the ceremony.

    After completing Airport formalities, the Chinese President will leave for Hotel Le Meridian, the place of residence, by a ceremonial motorcade.

    Jinping will hold official talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 3.10 pm tomorrow where the two leaders would witness the signing ceremony of several agreements and MoU after their talks.

    In the evening Jingping would meet President Hamid at Bangabhaban at 6.30 pm and then join a banquet to be hosted in his honour by his counterpart.

    Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will call on the Chinese President at Hotel Le Meridian at 4:35pm.

    On the second day of the visit the Chinese President will place wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar on Saturday morning to pay homage to the valiant sons of the soil who embraced martyrdom during the country’s Great Liberation War in 1971.

    Jinping will leave Dhaka for Goa, India at 10.00 am on the same day to attend the 8th BRICS Summit while Sheikh Hasina will see him off at the airport.

    A 13-member entourage along with 33 members working staffs and 34 members security and media staffs will accompany the Chinese President during his Dhaka visit that is taking place three decades after then Chinese President Li Xiannian visited Bangladesh in March 1986.

    The members of the entourage are- Political Bureau of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CCCPC) Wang Huning, Member of the secretariat of CCCPC Li Zhanshu, State Councelor Yang Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister for National Development and and Reform Commission (NDRC) Xu Shaoshi, Minister for Finance Lou Jiwei, Minister for CommerceGao hucheng, Governors of People’s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan, Director of Financial and Economic Affairs Office Liu He, Executive Deputy Head of General Office of the CCPC Ding Xuexiang, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang, Deputy Head of General office of the CCCPC Wang Shaojun and Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs kong Xuanyou.

    Source: Prime News
     
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    Bangladesh offers economic zone to China
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    The government has proposed to Power Construction Corporation of China a 150-acre space in the Mirershorai economic zone for the construction of a power industry park and production of renewable energy

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) and Power Construction Corporation of China (Power China).

    Mohammed Ayub, secretary of Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) Executive Board, and Xiong Lixin, executive vice president of Power China, signed the MoU at the BEZA conference venue.

    The MoU was signed regarding giving Power China land to manufacture components and sub-components or parts for any kinds of power plants in the economic zone in Mirershorai, Chittagong.

    Power China proposed two projects: manufacturing components for power plants, and a 1000MW renewable solar energy plant.

    For the latter project, another 2000 acres of land will be required.

    After the signing ceremony, BEZA’s Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury said: “We have the MoU for providing them land in Mirershorai economic zone to manufacture power plant components, but for another project (renewable solar energy), we require approval from the power division, about which we have advised them already.”

    He added: “Power China wants this economic zone for their exclusive usage and restrict investment by other investors. We will discuss the terms before reaching a conclusion.”

    BEZA will provide Power China the land after assessment. Experts will assess the full proposal and calculate the exact volume of land required for the project.

    After the power division’s approval, further discussions about the power plant will be held, added Paban.

    BEZA has yet to officially announce the approximate Chinese investment in the projects.

    But the local partner of Power China, Green Engineering and Development Limited (GEDL) has shed some light on the matter.

    GEDL Chairman Nazmul Hoque told the Dhaka Tribune: “The investment for the Mirershorai economic zone will be around $2bn to $4bn.”

    GEDL Managing Director Rana Khan added: “Power China has several ongoing projects in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. They manufacture the components and set up power plants in those countries as well.”

    Source: Dhaka Tribune





    China offered us $60 billion worth deals...equivalent to the total economy of our rival - Myanmar.
     
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    OPTIMISM as Xi Jinping flies in
    Dhaka welcomes Chinese president on his milestone visit ushering in a new era of Sino-Bangla ties

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    Diplomatic Correspondent

    Dhaka today receives Chinese President Xi Jinping with much optimism as he flies in here on a state visit when he will sign a number of agreements relating to key development projects in energy, infrastructure and communication sectors.

    He is expected to land in Dhaka at 11:40am by a special flight.

    It will be the first Bangladesh visit by a Chinese president in 30 years since the then president Li Xiannian came to Dhaka in March 1986.

    His visit is being viewed as another milestone in the “time-tested brotherly” relations between the two nations since they established diplomatic ties in 1975.

    Xi, who visited Bangladesh in June 2010 as vice-president, will come to Bangladesh from Cambodia, where he was on an official visit, before going to India to attend BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Summit in Goa on October 15-16.

    In a formal announcement, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said the visit would steer a “historic new journey” towards opening up a “new horizon'” in relations between the two countries.

    “This visit reflects the symbol of Bangladesh-China friendship… It'll set in a historic new journey through opening up a new horizon in the two countries' economic relations,” he told a press briefing at the ministry.

    During Xi's visit, Bangladesh and China will sign over 25 agreements and MoUs in the areas of economic cooperation, trade, investment, power and energy, information communication, road-bridge, railway, road and waterway, agriculture and others, he added.

    A 13-member high-power delegation will accompany the Chinese president. They include two important members of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China Wang Huning and Li Zhanshu, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister of National Development and Reform Commission Xu Shaoshi, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and Governor of the People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan.

    Bilateral trade between the two countries topped $10.45 billion in 2015-2016, while China has emerged as the biggest source of import for Bangladesh since 2007.

    A Chinese diplomat in Dhaka told The Daily Star that the foreign direct investment by China in Bangladesh can witness a phenomenal boost when the special economic zone would be in place for Chinese investors.

    He said China has taken Bangladesh as an important cooperative partner in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region and will, together with Bangladesh, keep high-level exchanges, and expand cooperation in trade, production capacity, energy development, infrastructure construction and other key fields.

    China is the largest defence hardware supplier to Bangladesh, so discussions on enhancement of defence cooperation will be on the agenda as well. The two sides will also discuss regional and international developments, and will agree to make coordinated efforts for peace and security in the region, diplomatic sources said.

    The Chinese president is prepared and willing to help strengthen Bangladesh's capacity to fight terrorism and is likely to offer technological support to advance Bangladesh's “zero tolerance policy” towards extremism, they added.

    As China is a friend and partner of Bangladesh with huge potentials, a foreign ministry official said, Bangladesh is planning to pair its resources and economic ambitions with the rise of China and seek from China funds, technology, management skills, market access and capabilities to build on existing platforms in defence, agriculture, industry, communications and water resources.

    India would closely watch Xi's visit, said diplomatic sources in Dhaka and New Delhi.

    “We are trying to figure out how much deeper relations between Dhaka and Beijing will go," said an Indian diplomat in Delhi. “The Chinese president's visit is taking place after the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 6-7 last year, so we have an interest to see what China offers Bangladesh.”

    Replying to a question in this regard, the foreign minister said the Chinese president's visit would not affect relations with other countries, including that with India. “We don't want enmity with anybody. We'll proceed with protecting the country's interest following our foreign policy -- friendship with all, malice towards none.”

    China, like the US, had sided with the Yahya Khan-led Pakistani military junta during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War, but subsequently built a steady relation during Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad's military rule.

    “Bangladesh's location in between South Asia and Southeast Asia is highly important,” said a Chinese diplomat in Dhaka, adding that China also had a very positive attitude to connectivity and projects relating to road and rail between the two countries to boost trade and economic cooperation.

    Foreign ministry officials said the ties between Bangladesh and China embarked on a fast track of development since the two nations forged the “Closer Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation” during the official visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to China in 2010.

    The two countries established a comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring long-term friendship, equality and mutual benefit in April 2005 during Chinese PM Wen Jiabao's visit to Bangladesh.

    Dhaka-Beijing diplomatic relations were established on October 4, 1975, and Ziaur Rahman was the first Bangladesh head of state to visit China in January 1977 as the Chief Martial Law Administrator.

    President Zia again visited China in July 1980 when the two countries signed agreements covering loans and aviation transport.

    From 1982 to 1990, President HM Ershad paid five visits to China -- in November 1982, July 1985, July 1987, November 1988 and June 1990.

    Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina each visited China six times.

    Talking to The Daily Star, a senior diplomat of a European country in Dhaka said mutual trust between Bangladesh and China was ever deepening in recent years while the two countries had increasingly mature dialogue mechanisms.

    People-to-people exchanges are also flourishing. Recent years have seen a significant rise in the numbers of Bangladeshi students in China while many Chinese students are learning Bangla.


    In addition, North South University has set up a Confucius Institute while there is a classroom named after Confucius at Shanto-Mariam University. Besides, Brac University and Independent University of Bangladesh have Chinese language courses.

    The number of tourists visiting each others' country has also increased greatly.

    Ahead of Xi's visit, major roads in the capital have been decorated with colourful lights and flags of Bangladesh and China.

    Two Bangladesh Air Force Jet Fighters will escort the Chinese president's aircraft as soon as it enters the Bangladesh airspace.

    Upon landing, he will be accorded a red-carpet welcome and a 21-gun salute at the VVIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, where he will also be given a guard of honour.

    He will be received at the airport by President Abdul Hamid.

    PROGRAMME SCHEDULE
    Xi will leave the airport at 12:00pm for Hotel Le Meridien, where he will stay.

    Hasina will receive the Chinese president at the Prime Minister's Office and they will hold a tete-a-tete from 3:00pm to 3:10pm.

    Then the two sides will hold delegation-level talks from 3:10pm to 4:00pm where the Chinese president and the Bangladesh PM will lead their sides.

    The talks will be followed by signing of agreements and MoUs.

    The two leaders will then make press statements at 4:10pm.

    Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will call on the Chinese president at Le Meridien at 4:35pm for a 20-minute meeting.

    According to diplomatic and BNP sources, Khaleda Zia will call on Xi around 5:00pm at the hotel.

    After the meetings, the Chinese president will go to the Bangabhaban to meet his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid at 6:30pm.

    He will attend a state banquet to be hosted by the Bangladesh president from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

    On Saturday, Xi will leave the hotel for the National Memorial in Savar at 8:20pm.

    Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq and the General Commanding Officer of the 9th infantry division will receive him there at 8:55am.

    The Chinese president will lay a wreath there in memory of the 1971 war martyrs, sign the visitors' book and plant a sapling.

    He will reach the airport straight from Savar and leave for Goa, India, at 10:00am tomorrow by the special VVIP flight.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will see him off at the airport.



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    Ashraf for establishing road links with China
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    Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam. Star file photo
    Star Online Report
    Ruling Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam today stressed the needs for establishing land and rail routes with China for mutual benefits.

    Referring Chinese president Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to Bangladesh, the AL leader said the issue of road and rail links would come up for discussion during the visit. Xi Jinping is scheduled to pay a state visit to Bangladesh on October 14.

    "Bangladesh had a land route to China a long time ago. If road and rail link can be re-established, not only Bangladesh but also India would be benefited," Ashraf, also Public Administration minister, said.

    He was addressing at a programme at BMA auditorium, organised by Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal with its general secretary and former minister Dilip Barua in the chair, marking the Chinese 67th National Day.

    Branding upcoming China president's visit a 'historic' one, he said existing friendly relations between the two countries would be more cemented with the visit. "Dhaka waited to accord him a warm reception."

    "Our relation is as old as the history of ancient Chinese and Indian civilisations date back to and it is more empathic than political in nature . . . the relations continued until the date for mutual benefit and economic development," Ashraf said.

    Political Councilor to the Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Yang Jao Hui, Ganotantri Party's General Secretary Shahadat Hossen and Politburo member of Lutfur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.

    Source: The Daily Star.
     
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    Bangladesh and China have elevated their “closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation” to a “strategic partnership for cooperation” and agreed on working together on regional and international issues.

    Both countries also agreed to jointly advance the China’s ‘belt and road initiative’ and establish and carry out “institutional cooperation” in areas of maritime cooperation and counterterrorism.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina disclosed their “elevated” level of cooperation at a joint statement after their official talks on Friday at the latter’s office.

    They witnessed the signing of 27 deals and unveiled plaques of six projects. The prime minister said those have created a platform for “our two countries to cooperate at a higher plane”.

    Xi arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning on a two-day state visit, first by any Chinese president in past 30 years.

    “We agreed to elevate China-Bangladesh relations from a closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation to a strategic partnership of cooperation and to increase high level exchanges and strategic communication so that our bilateral relations continue to move ahead at higher level,” Xi said.

    He termed Bangladesh and China “good neighbours, good friends and good partners.”

    “China, Bangladesh relationship is now at a new historical starting point and heading toward a promising future,” Xi said.

    “China is ready to work with Bangladesh to move forward as friends and partners who trust and support each other and to add more substance to China-Bangladesh strategic partnership of cooperation.”

    “This way China-Bangladesh cooperation will deliver more fruits to our people and contribute to peace, stability and development of the region,” President Xi continued.

    “We agreed to form synergy between our respective development strategies, jointly advance the belt and road initiative and launch the joint feasibility study on a China, Bangladesh FTA to strengthen our trade and investment cooperation and strength practical cooperation in key areas such as infrastructure, productivity capacity, energy and power, transportation, ICT and agriculture."

    He said China would “continue to do its best” to provide capital, technological and human resources support and carry out “more cooperation” on big projects with Bangladesh to support its economical and social development.


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    “We agreed to designate the year of 2017 as year of exchange and friendship between China and Bangladesh during which colorful events will be held to carry forward our traditional friendship,” the Chinese leader revealed.

    He said they also agreed to jointly advance the BCIM economic corridor and increase communication and coordination of international and regional issues of shared interest.

    Prime Minister Hasina in her statement reiterated that Bangladesh supports China in all of its core issues including “one China policy”.

    “We have agreed to work closely and support each other on regional and international issues of mutual interest."

    “Our efforts today are aimed at attaining goals of becoming a knowledge-based middle-income country by 2021 and eventually a developed country by 2041,” she said.


    Source: BDNews24
     
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    China is ready to work with Bangladesh and extend more cooperation in big projects here, said Xi
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has assured Bangladesh of more cooperation in big projects.

    He said this during a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka.

    Starting at 3:15pm, the meeting ended around 4:15pm on Friday.

    In the meeting, heads of the two governments signed 26 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on different projects.

    President Xi held a press briefing after meeting.

    He said China is ready work with Bangladesh and extend more cooperation in big projects here.

    Afterwards Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also took the podium and briefed journalists. She hoped that with cooperation from China, Bangladesh will be able to reach its goal to become a middle-income country by 2021. She wished that the friendship between the two countries will grow stronger in the coming days.

    Bilateral trade issues, Chinese investment in Bangladesh and connectivity were likely to top the agenda in the meeting between the heads of governments of the two countries.

    Xi is also scheduled to meet with President Abdul Hamid, Speaker of Parliament Shirin Ahmed, and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia later in the day.

    More to follow…

    Source: Dhaka Tribune
     
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    Interview: Bangladesh PM says Chinese president's visit to usher in new era in bilateral cooperation
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    Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (R) receives an interview with Xinhua in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Lin Hao)

    by Liu Chuntao, Naim-Ul-Karim

    DHAKA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed confidence that the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping would usher in "a new era of intensive cooperation" in trade, investment and other sectors between the two nations.

    Hasina made the comments Tuesday ahead of President Xi's visit to the country. "We are very happy and feel honored that President Xi is coming to Bangladesh. I believe that President Xi's visit will also be more important for South Asia," she told Xinhua at her official Ganobhaban residence in the capital Dhaka.

    Speaking highly of the Bangladesh-China ties, the prime minister pointed out that the relations between the two nations are underpinned by "the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existance, Spirit of Good Neighborliness, Mutual Trust, Confidence and Non- Interference into each other's internal affairs."

    Hasina reaffirmed that Bangladesh strongly adheres to one-China policy and supports China on issues related to its core national interests and efforts to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    The Chinese president's visit comes at a time in history whenBangladesh is about to break free from the clutches of low-level equilibrium trap and move into a brand-new frontier of investment, industrialization, ecological restoration and prosperity for all, according to Hasina.

    "China has become our largest trading partner and we consider China as a trusted partner in realizing our dreams too. China is the leading generator of many our mega-projects in terms of finance, capitalization and technology," she said.

    Noting that Bangladesh-China relations are now framed within a comprehensive partnership of cooperation that reaches into almost all possible sectors, she said, "We are planning to elevate the relationship to a newer height with the much-awaited visit of President Xi Jinping."

    Hasina said cooperation between Bangladesh and China has gained maturity in past decades, but there are huge potentials for future expansion of the two countries' engagement in fields such as development of infrastructure and for that matter, investing in emerging sectors like ICT, ago-prosessing and electronics.

    Hailing China-proposed Belt and Road initiative, the prime minister said her country is now working to connect growth centers of the country with the rest of the region in South Asia and create a single economic contiguity between South Asia and Southeast Asia.

    And this "would be host to greater integration with East Asia and connect the three ecosystems to the rest of the world through our seaports in the south," she added.
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    The prime minister expressed her appreciation for China's support to Bangladesh's efforts in attaining sustainable development while welcoming Chinese companies investing in the country's emerging sectors like textiles, leather, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding and agro-processing, among others.

    "We are on the verge of launching the exclusive Economic and Industrial Zone in Chittagong that would be a landmark event in our economic, investment and trade cooperation. We would like to encourage Chinese investors to invest in these economic zones as a developer or as an individual investor," she said.

    Source: A Chinese News site.
     
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    Sino-Bangla Venture: 13 companies to invest $13.6b

    Staff Correspondent

    Thirteen Bangladeshi entities and the same number of Chinese companies yesterday signed 13 joint venture agreements involving $13.6 billion to increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

    Under the agreements, Chinese investors will invest in infrastructures, power, railways, sports and special economic zone, said Sun Xiao, a deputy director general of China Chamber of International Commerce.

    Of the Bangladeshi bodies, 11 are private companies including Beximco Group and Meghna Group. The other two are the Ministry of Youth and Sports and state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board.

    On the Chinese side, around eight are state-owned and the rest are from the private sector, Xiao said at a media briefing after the signing ceremony at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

    Under one of the agreements, a Chinese construction company will build a cricket stadium at Cox's Bazar while Beximco and Meghna signed deals for power generation.

    “The 13 agreements are different from the other agreements signed over the last two days before and during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bangladesh,” Xiao said after a forum meeting among the Bangladeshi and Chinese businessmen.

    Source: The Daily Star.










    Bangladesh businessmen have inked $13.6 billion worth business deals with as many as 15 Chinese companies.


    The deals were signed by businessmen from both the countries after a Bangladesh- China joint business forum met at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Friday evening.

    Some 19 trade deals have been signed between 15 Bangladeshi companies and as many Chinese company during the event, FBCCI President Abul Matlub Ahmad said. The deals were signed in the presence of Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed.

    A total of 86 business delegations are accompanying the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    The meeting with the delegations and Bangladeshi businessmen was organised by FBCCI and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

    Business leaders from both the countries spoke on the occasion and exchange ideas between the business representatives of the two nations.

    The FBBCI president said after the meeting, “A total of 19 deals were inked between us. We hope that the number will go up to 50 in future. Chinese investors will surely profit from investments in Bangladesh.”


    Source: BDNews24
     
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    $24.45b deals
    Two countries put it on paper


    Rejaul Karim Byron and Md Fazlur Rahman

    Bangladesh is set to receive $24.45 billion in bilateral assistance from China for 34 projects and programmes, as the two countries look to take their economic ties to a new height.

    This is the largest bilateral financial assistance for Bangladesh since independence, and it is aimed at helping the country further develop its infrastructure.

    The two sides yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on strengthening investment and production capacity cooperation.

    The MoU includes a list of 28 projects for which Dhaka would get $21.5 billion from Beijing in financial assistance, according to Bangladesh's Economic Relations Division (ERD).

    The two sides also inked two loan agreements involving $464 million, and another loan deal under which China will provide Bangladesh $1.9 billion for a coal-fired power plant near Payra port in Patuakhali.

    Besides, Beijing will give $583 million in financial assistance under three cooperation programmes.

    Source: The Daily Star.




    Xi promises more cooperation in big projects; 27 agreements, MoUs signed


    Chinese President Xi Jinping holding a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on October 14, 2016Photo: PID
    China is ready to work with Bangladesh and extend more cooperation in big projects here, said Xi
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has assured Bangladesh of more cooperation in big projects.

    He said this during a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on Friday.

    Starting at 3:15pm, the meeting ended around 4:15pm on Friday.

    In the meeting, heads of the two governments signed 27 deals – 15 Memorandums of Understanding and 12 loan and framework agreements – on different projects.

    President Xi held a press briefing after meeting.

    He said China is ready to work with Bangladesh and extend more cooperation in big projects here.

    Afterwards Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also took the podium and briefed journalists. She hoped that with cooperation from China, Bangladesh will be able to reach its goal to become a middle-income country by 2021. She wished that the friendship between the two countries will grow stronger in the coming days.

    http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/10/14/xi-holding-talks-hasina-pmo/
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    27 deals - 12 loan deals & 15 MOU's

    these include -
    - Karnaphuli multilane tunnel
    - 4 lane Sylhet Highway Project
    - 1320 MW power plant at Payra Port
    - Exclusive Economic Zone for Chinese companies and JV's
    - Upgrade on power distribution network
    - Chinese funded Institute at Dhaka University
    - Shahjalal Fertilizer Plant construction
    - 1320 MW power plant in Chittagong
    - Water Treatment Plant at Dasherkandi
    - Upgrade on TV ground stations (unclear as to what this entails)



    more to come...

    Source: Dhaka Tribune
     
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    China Counters India's $2 Billion With A Whooping $24 Billion For Bangladesh
    World | Reuters | Updated: October 14, 2016 09:52 IST


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    China and Bangladesh will sign mega deals today. Beijing will give Dhaka loans worth over $24 billion

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    Dhaka:
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    1. China is set to sign off on loans worth over $24 billion to Bangladesh
    2. Xi Jinping's visit is the first by a Chinese President in 30 years
    3. China looks set to go well beyond India's investments in Bangladesh
    China is set to sign off on loans worth over $24 billion to Bangladesh during President Xi Jinping's visit today, Dhaka's biggest foreign credit line to date that will help it build power plants, a seaport and railways.

    Xi Jinping's trip, the first by a Chinese president in 30 years, is aimed at boosting China's involvement in infrastructure projects at a time when India is pushing investments of its own in Bangladesh, a country New Delhi considers its area of influence.

    Japan, helped by India, has also got involved in Bangladesh, offering finance at low interest rates to build a port and power complex, sharpening competition for influence in the country of 160 million people.

    China plans to finance around 25 projects, including a 1,320 megawatt (MW) power plant, and is also keen to build a deep sea port, Bangladesh junior finance minister MA Mannan said.

    "Xi's visit will set a new milestone. (A) record amount of loan agreements will be signed during the visit, roughly $24 billion," he told Reuters.

    Among the proposed projects are highways and information technology development, he said. "Our infrastructure needs are big, so we need huge loans."

    China's Jiangsu Etern Co Ltd signed a deal worth $1.1 billion to strengthen the power grid network in Bangladesh, the company said on Thursday.

    Beijing is especially keen to revive a plan to build a deep sea port in Sonadia which has been on hold for years, officials said.

    The Chinese President is visiting Bangladesh on his way to a BRICS summit of the world's leading emerging economies in Goa.

    His trip comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading efforts to boost ties with neighbouring countries, from Sri Lanka to Nepal and Bangladesh, by offering them a share of India's fast-growing economy.

    Last year Prime Minister Modi announced a $2 billion credit line for Bangladesh during a visit to Dhaka, but China looks set to go well beyond that.

    Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies at Shanghai Institute for International Studies, said both India and China supported development in Bangladesh, and that it did not have to be one or the other.

    "I really don't think there is a zero sum game going on in Bangladesh between China and India. Bangladesh welcomes both Chinese and Indian investment..." said Mr Zhao.

    Bangladesh has backed Xi Jinping's "One Belt, One Road" initiative to boost trade and transport links across Asia and into Europe, seeing it as an opportunity to lift growth.

    India has reservations about the plan, amid worries that it is an attempt to tilt the balance in Asia in China's favour.

    "Beijing had also proposed an economic corridor linking Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and northern India, but New Delhi did not seem keen on the idea," Mr Zhao said.

    "Bangladesh has an enormous need for investment, and I don't think it's going to become a site for strategic competition, a game between the great powers or a pawn," he said.

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    Dhaka-Beijing ties heading towards strategic partnership: Xi
    UNB . Dhaka | Update: 19:52, Oct 14, 2016


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    Chinese president Xi Jinping on Friday said the Bangladesh-China relations are now at ‘new historical’ turning point and heading towards a ‘promising future’.

    “China-Bangladesh cooperation will deliver more fruits for the people of the two countries, and will contribute to peace and stability and development in the region,” he said.

    The Chinese president made the remarks after official talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina and signing of 27 MoUs and agreement between the two countries at the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Xi said they agreed to elevate China-Bangladesh relationship from a ‘Closer Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation’ to a ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’.

    Both sides also agreed to increase high-level exchanges and strategic communication so that the bilateral relations move ahead at even a higher level, he said.

    Terming his meeting with prime minister Hasina ‘warm and productive’ the Chinese president said they reached agreements on a number of important issues.

    “We’ve agreed jointly advance road and belt initiative,” Xi said adding that they also agreed to launch a joint feasibility study on China-Bangladesh FTA (Free Trade Agreement) to strengthen trade and investment cooperation.

    The Chinese president laid emphasis on enhancing practical cooperation in key areas such as infrastructure, production capacity, energy and power, transportation, ICT, and agriculture.

    He said China will continue to do its best in providing capital, technical and human resources to carry out close cooperation on the projects to support economic and social development of Bangladesh.

    The two countries also agreed to designate the year 2017 as the year of ‘exchange and friendship’ between Bangladesh and China during which colorful events will be held to carry forward the friendship.

    They also laid emphasis on institutionalising cooperation on maritime affairs, counter-terrorism, advance BCIM Economic Corridor and increase communication and coordination on international and regional

    issues.

    “China is ready to work with Bangladesh as friends and partners with trust and support to each other,” said the Chinese president.

    Prime minister Hasina said, “Today, we've elevated our 'Closer Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation' to a 'Strategic Partnership for Cooperation' and under this strategic partnership, we've agreed to work towards socio-economic advancement of the peoples of our two countries.”

    She said they reached a consensus on cooperation in key areas such as trade and investment, infrastructure, industry, power, and energy, information and communication technology and agriculture.

    They witnessed the signing of 27 agreements and MoUs of cooperation that cover, among others, such as trade, and investment, blue economy, BCIM-EC, roads, and bridges, railways, power, maritime, ICT, Industrial production, capacity building and skill development.

    Both leaders also unveiled the plaques of six projects adding that the signing of these instruments and the unveiling of these plaques creating a platform for the two countries to cooperate at a higher plane.

    The prime minister said her government's efforts today are aimed at attaining goals of becoming a knowledge-based middle-income country by 2021 and eventually a developed country by 2041.

    “By attaining these goals we will realize Bangabandhu's dream of Sonar Bangladesh - the Golden Bengal - a Bangladesh free of hunger, poverty and deprivation,” said the prime minister.

    She also they had very fruitful discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest. “We've reiterated our commitment to support the 'One China Policy'. We've agreed to work closely and support each other on regional and international issues of mutual interest.”

    Source: Prothom Alo
     
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    XI JINPING'S ARTICLE ON BANGLADESH


    China-Bangladesh cooperation will bear golden fruits
    H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People's Republic of China


    At the kind invitation of President Abdul Hamid, I will pay a state visit to the beautiful country of Bangladesh in this golden harvest season of autumn. It has been six years since my last trip to this country and I look forward to meeting friends both old and new and discussing with them how China and Bangladesh can work together for common development.

    Bangladesh is a fascinating and promising land. It is where the Padma, Jamuna and Meghna rivers flow into the sea. Its vast expanse of fertile fields which normally have the color of emerald green become a sea of golden yellow at the time of harvest. Endowed with rich natural resources, this land is home to a hard-working and talented nation and a time-honored and splendid culture. In fact, famous poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote many of his most notable works in Bengali.

    Bangladesh is a land filled with hope. Since its independence, Bangladesh has come a long way. With strenuous efforts, it has started from scratch and successfully met the livelihood needs of its 160 million population, contributing significantly to global poverty reduction. In recent years, by seizing the opportunities of economic globalization and focusing on reform and development, Bangladesh has kept its economy growing at above 6% and made steady progress in industrialization and urbanization. Bangladesh is well on track to achieve Vision 2021 and become a middle-income country.

    The people of China and Bangladesh have been good neighbors and friends since ancient times. Stories of our friendship and exchange witnessed by the Southern Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road throughout the millennia are still being told today. Eminent Chinese monks Faxian and Xuanzang travelled west for Buddhist scriptures. Atiśa Dipankara Shrijnana, a Bengali religious master, spread Buddhism in China. They were the pioneers of our cultural exchange. Famous navigator Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty visited Bengal twice. According to his description, “This is a richly endowed and teeming land with lovely people and fertile fields.” Believed by the Chinese then to be a qilin (an auspicious mythical animal), the giraffe that the Bengali king gave to the Ming emperor brought much excitement to the court and general public in China.

    More recently, having endured repeated wars and incessant poverty, our peoples fought tenaciously for national independence and liberation, strove for development and progress and forged unshakable trust and friendship in the process. In the 1950s and 1960s, Premier Zhou Enlai visited Dhaka twice and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited China twice. The seed of friendship was thus planted by the veteran leaders of our two countries long before diplomatic ties were established. It has now grown into a giant tree with deep roots and rich fruits.

    As a Chinese proverb goes, “Only friendships built on sincerity can last long.” Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 41 years ago, China has always regarded Bangladesh as its true friend and partner for development. China highly values its relations with Bangladesh. We firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. Successive Chinese and Bangladeshi leaders have maintained sound interactions at bilateral and multilateral events and provided positive guidance to the growth of bilateral relations. In September 2015, I had a good meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New York on the margins of the UN summits marking its 70th anniversary. We agreed to expand cooperation across the board, jointly advance the Belt and Road initiative and the BCIM Economic Corridor and take bilateral relations to a new height.

    With the unremitting efforts of our two peoples, China-Bangladesh practical cooperation has produced fruitful results. China is now the largest trading partner of Bangladesh and Bangladesh China's third largest trading partner and third largest project contract market in South Asia. Bilateral trade soared from US$900 million in 2000 to US$14.7 billion in 2015, registering an annual increase of around 20%. Jute products from Bangladesh are increasingly popular in the Chinese market. Chinese companies have built the Shahjalal Fertilizer Factory, the most advanced modern fertilizer plant in Bangladesh, the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, the largest one in Bangladesh, and are now building the Padma Bridge, the dream bridge of the Bangladeshi people. As a matter of fact, one can find Chinese and Bangladeshi people together making tireless and pioneering efforts in many sectors of Bangladesh such as transportation, electricity, energy and telecommunications. One of the first batch of projects financed by loans from the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is the Power Grid Network Strengthening Project in Bangladesh, which will benefit tens of millions of rural residents. We have also made significant progress in our cooperation in defense, security, education, culture and other fields.

    Both China and Bangladesh are developing countries with a huge population. Our national conditions have a lot in common and our development goals are well-aligned. The “Sonar Bangla” dream of national strength and prosperity is in perfect harmony with the Chinese dream of great national renewal. The Belt and Road initiative put forward by China heralds new opportunities for win-win cooperation between our two countries. Bangladesh, with its favorable geographic location and huge population, market potential and cooperation space, is an indispensable partner for China to advance the Belt and Road initiative and production capacity cooperation in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

    During this visit, I look forward to working with Bangladeshi leaders to further grow our bilateral relations, identify key areas of cooperation, advance exchanges and cooperation in various fields and bring China-Bangladesh relations to a new level.

    — We need to step up political communication for greater mutual trust. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman put forward the vision of “friendship to all, malice to none”. China will always be Bangladesh's trustworthy friend and partner. Our two sides should, from a strategic perspective, strengthen high-level exchanges and top-level planning, cement traditional friendship and political ties, set more ambitious goals and build a better framework for our bilateral relations and lay a solid foundation for lasting friendship and all-round cooperation.

    — We need to align our development strategies for win-win outcomes. There is huge potential and complementarity in our cooperation. China is ready to synergize its 13th Five-Year Plan with Bangladesh's Seventh Five-Year Plan with a view to leveraging our respective comparative advantages, increasing economic exchanges and trade, building key projects in areas such as infrastructure, production capacity, energy, electricity, transportation, information, telecommunications and agriculture, strengthening practical cooperation under the BCIM Economic Corridor and delivering to our people tangible benefits of our cooperation.

    — We need to enhance South-South cooperation for common development. China stands ready to offer more assistance and support to Bangladesh to the best of its capability, enhance mutual assistance and cooperation with Bangladesh in areas such as disaster prevention and mitigation, vocational training, medical and health-care services, climate change and women and children, work together with Bangladesh to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and make China-Bangladesh cooperation a fine example of South-South cooperation.

    — We need to build a bridge of friendship for greater affinity and mutual understanding. Friendship between our two countries dates back a long time. In fact, both the Chinese and Bangladeshi people drink water from the same river,known as Yarlung Zangbo River in China and Jamuna River in Bangladesh. China will work to increase exchanges and mutual learning between the Chinese and Bangladeshi culture so as to bring our people closer to each other. It is important that we facilitate exchanges and cooperation in areas such as education, media, think tanks, tourism and youth and at the sub-national level so that more of our people will be mobilized to support closer ties between China and Bangladesh.

    I believe with the joint efforts of our two peoples, China-Bangladesh cooperation will bear even more golden fruits.

    Source: Straight from the Honourable President of People's Republic of China,Xi JinPing.



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    ‘50% work of Bangabandhu Satellite completed’
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    50 percent work of country's first satellite ‘Bangabandhu-I’ has been completed, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said
    Tarana Halim said: “So far 83 percent engineering works of the Bangabandhu-I have been completed while progress of antenna manufacture is 56 percent and works of communication and service modules reported 65 percent development.”

    The state minister disclosed the development at a press briefing about the satellite and optical fiber network of BTCL at BTCL Gulshan-1 Exchange Office on Friday, reports BSS.

    Referring to the completion of satellite system requirement review (SRR) preliminary design review (PDR), she said: “We would start the commercial operation of the satellite in March 2018 after launching it to the space on December 16 next year.”

    If the current pace of work is continued, manufacture of the satellite would be completed in November 2017, said the state minister.

    She said: “The satellite would be launched using vehicle -SpaceX and Falcon 9 -of United States from the Cape Carnival Launch Pad.”

    She said that necessary examination and exercise, especially integration of Falcon-9 for launching “Bangabandhu-I” would be conducted before one month of launch at the SpaceX.

    The constructing firm ‘Thales Alenia Space of France’ would be handed over the satellite to the Cape Carnival after testing and review, the minister informed.

    The Primary ground station of the satellite is constructing in BTCL Staff College compound in Gazipur while the secondary one is at Betbunia in Rangamati.
     
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    Bangladesh sets sights high on $1000 billion investment



    The government now sets sights high on US$ 1.0 trillion investment for elevating Bangladesh to a developed nation. To this end, an international projection will be arranged in Dhaka this month.

    Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) will organise the seminar titled 'New Economic Thinking for Bangladesh: 2030 and Beyond' on December 21, sources in the business circles said.

    Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the event. There will be five sessions apart from the opening and concluding plenary.

    Several hundred people, including ministers, entrepreneurs, economists, consultants, researchers from developed and emerging markets, will deliver their thoughtful perceptions on changing dynamics of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), European Union (EU), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in particular on Bangladesh future.

    They (international dignitaries) will share their thoughtful and innovative ideas with the local businesspeople and government officials.

    They will also share their perceptions on practical solutions for sustainable development through global innovative efforts.

    Besides, representatives from leading companies, venture-capital firms, academic institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from around the globe are expected to join the investment-promotion event.

    The five sessions are: Bangladesh's Energy Economy, Water and Land Resource Management-Sustainability and Environment Impact, Era of Infrastructure: Bangladesh Context, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the Next Billion Dollar Opportunities in Bangladesh.

    The seminar will come up with a 'national action plan' with the recommendations of experts for achieving a long-lasting economic development.

    World economic growth is hovering around 3.0 to 3.5 per cent (1.5 per cent growth by Europe, 2.4 per cent by USA, 3.4 per cent by Sub-Saharan economies and around five (5.0) per cent by Asian economies).

    "Bangladesh has managed a steady ascending curve in growth over the last two decades, which now stands at 7.11 per cent," according to the DCCI.

    Bangladesh is projected to graduate to a middle-income country (MIC) by 2021 featured by eight (8) per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth, 34 per cent private investment and 31 per cent industrial growth.

    The country could be 30th-largest economy by 2030, having a double-digit economic growth and $6,000 per-capita income, and is likely to join the club of developed economies by 2041 through a glorious paradigm shift from conventional economy.

    President of DCCI Hossain Khaled said Bangladesh is moving forward with the improvement of quality of life and other perspectives.

    "The seminar will help us to counter the obstacles in our economic advancement. Our vision is ambitious, which is to reshape the path of economic growth," he said.

    "Thoughtful deliberations of outstanding individuals from around the globe will help contribute to national economic policy reforms and set realistic action plan that will lift Bangladesh to the ranks of developed economies within the next 30 years," he said.

    Group President of GIC, Singapore, Lim Siong Guan, British Parliament member Rushan Ara Ali, Columbia University Professor Jeffrey D Sachs, country manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group, Wendy Jo Werner, Senior Project Manager, Gate 21, denmark, Anders Hasselager, Head of Business Development, ME SOLshare Ltd, Bangladesh Daniel Ciganovic, Professor, Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Shafiqul Islam, University of Paris XII Professor Remy Prudhomme, Director of Suez Branch Jean Claude Seropian and senior representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Bangladesh office, Taku Yamabe are among the dignitaries to participate in the upcoming international visionary seminar.
     

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