Dhaka, Beijing treat each other with mutual respect: Chinese foreign ministry

Published: 13 May 2021

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Bangladesh and China are friendly, close neighbours and they always treat each other with mutual respect and firmly support one another on issues bearing on respective core interests and major concerns, said Hua Chunying, spokesperson at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

"In South Asia it is definitely not China that is interfering in other countries' domestic affairs," said Chunying at a regular briefing in Beijing, reports UNB.

"I can tell you clearly that China and Bangladesh are very friendly, close neighbours. We've grown our ties on the basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence," she said.

The spokesperson said this as Chinese Foreign Ministry's comments following Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming's remarks in Dhaka.

Hua said they all know what kind of mechanism the Quad is.

She said China opposes "certain countries' efforts to form an exclusive clique, portray China as a challenge, and sow discord" between countries in the region and China.

Responding to a question on whether China is aggressively trying to push its foreign policy, Hua Chunying said she is not sure if the questioner's information on the statement from the Bangladesh foreign minister was an accurate quote or if further clarification is needed.

"But one thing is clear. China always treats other countries as equals, especially small and medium ones," she said.

She said China was, is and will remain committed to its principle not to interfere in other countries' domestic affairs.

Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming yesterday met Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and explained his remarks made during a programme hosted by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB).

On Monday, while responding to a question, Ambassador Li said obviously it will not be a good idea for Bangladesh to participate in this small club of four countries because it will "substantially damage" the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

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