Ambassador Li Jiming delivers lecture to NDC Course 2021

H E Mr Li Jiming, ambassador of China delivered an on-line lecture titled "Contemporary China: China's Foreign Policy, Security and Development Strategy" to the students of NDC Course 2021 on Monday, 20 September 2021. Mr Li emphasized on China's overall foreign policy, national security and development strategy, and China-Bangladesh relations during the one hour lecture.

Ambassador Li says, China unswervingly pursues an independent foreign policy of peace. Under the overall diplomatic agenda, China has fully advanced its friendly relations with other countries, with neighboring countries and major countries being its priority, other developing countries as its foundation, and multilateral settings as its platform. China has boosted its all-round, wide-ranging and multi-tiered external exchanges, and China's circle of friends has covered the whole world. The 19th CPC National Congress in 2017 has charted the course for China's external relations. President Xi Jinping made it clear in his report that China will endeavor to foster a new type of international relations and build a community of shared future for mankind, which identified the overarching goals of China's foreign policy in the new era. Ambassador Li reiterates that China has been supporting science-based efforts on origins tracing, and would continue to stay actively engaged. However, a small number of countries are busy cultivating "political virus", politicizing the issue of virus origin-tracing, and interfering with the overall situation of global unity in fighting against the pandemic. China urges the small number of countries to immediately stop doing anything that poisons the atmosphere for international cooperation, and return to the right track of science-based origins tracing and cooperation in face of the pandemic.

Mr Li points out that friendship and cooperation have been the main theme of China-Bangladesh relations. In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, China and Bangladesh have supported and helped each other in times of difficulty and conducted effective cooperation. China has recently donated more than 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as gifts to Bangladesh, and the two sides have signed a MOU of co-production of COVID-19 vaccines in Bangladesh on August 16th, marking the new milestone for the bilateral relations.

Ambassador Li concluded his lecture with the historical highly placed mil-to-mil relations between the two countries. He mentioned that the Chinese PLA has provided a number of medical equipment to the Bangladeshi counterparts since the outbreak of the pandemic. Overcoming various difficulties, a batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese PLA has arrived in Dhaka on August 29th. China is willing to work with Bangladesh to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of both sides, strengthen strategic communication, and expand cooperation in personnel training, equipment and technology, disaster relief, peacekeeping and other fields, thus pushing the relations between the two countries to new heights.


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