Xi Jinping Meets with National Assembly Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury of Bangladesh

On October 14, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Dhaka with National Assembly Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury of Bangladesh.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Bangladesh are good neighbors, good friends and good partners. Sharing much convergence in national development strategies, the two countries have relatively higher complementarity in practical cooperation. Bilateral cooperation also constitutes an important part of South-South cooperation. Attaching great importance to its friendly cooperation with Bangladesh, China is willing to dovetail development strategies with Bangladesh, identify key fields of bilateral practical cooperation, advance major cooperation projects, intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges and make more people in the two countries enjoy concrete benefits brought by bilateral cooperation.

Xi Jinping stressed that exchanges and cooperation between both parliamentary bodies are a significant component of China-Bangladesh relations. China appreciates the great importance the Bangladeshi National Assembly attaches to developing bilateral relationship. Parliamentary bodies of the two countries should strengthen communication and dialogues, increase public support for both countries to improve political mutual trust and align development strategies, and provide a sound legal guarantee for exchanges and cooperation in politics, economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement as well as other fields between the two countries.

Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury expressed that President Xi Jinping's visit to Bangladesh this time, as a milestone in the development of bilateral relations, will bring bilateral relations to a new height. Bangladesh looks forward to enhancing cooperation with China in such fields as trade, investment and infrastructure construction under the framework of the "Belt and Road" initiative while realizing its national development plans. The Bangladeshi National Assembly is willing to make contribution to the development of bilateral relations by intensifying exchanges between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at the meeting.

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