China ready to help build deep-sea port
Beijing favours resuming WB loan for PMB: Envoy
Monday September 03 2012 01:25:19 AM BDT
The Chinese ambassador inBangladesh Mr. Li lun has said that China holds an active attitude in resumingthe loan of the World Bank, and has done a lot of work inside the World Bank inthis regard.(The New Nation )
He said, 'We feel sorry' that theWorld Bank loan agreement was cancelled. China hopes the Padma Bridge could beconstructed soon, so as to contribute to the social and economic development ofBangladesh.
Talking to editors of newspapersand news agencies at the embassy Mr. Li lun also said that Chinese companiesare still interested to work for the development of the proposed deep sea portat Sonadia Island, as the business hub for the South Asian region.
He said Chinese companies thatset up offices in Bangladesh following understanding reached during the lastvisit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping. The Chinese companies are ready to work with western, local or Indiancompanies for the development of the said port which would be of greatimportance also for the northeastern states of India.
Terming Bangladesh as traditionalfriendly neighbor, the ambassador said too promote the high-levelcommunication, a senior Chinese leader Whou Youngkang, secretary of thepolitical and legislative committees is scheduled to visit Bangladesh at thesecond half of this month. The visit will further boost the strategicpartnership of cooperation and insert new vigor into all-dimensional exchanges.Responding to a question Mr. Li lun said as ambassador to Bangladesh he feltthe proposed Sonadia deep-sea port should be established as Thailand wasestablishing such a port in Myanmar.
He told a questioner that Chinawas always interested in road and rail links between Chittagong, Yangon andCumin (China). However since relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar was worsebefore works on the proposed road and rail links did not progress much. Chinawould urged both Dhaka and Yangon to accelerate the process of establishing thephysical communication links.
About the construction of theproposed Sonadia deep-sea port he said that work on it was yet to start asthere was yet to be the needed go ahead from Dhaka.
He said both China and Bangladeshas developing countries with huge populations faced similar challenges in ourdevelopment, and shared much common ground in the international arena. Thedevelopment path of China is different from that of the traditional powers.China is developing on a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It hasits own social and economic systems with deep cultural deposits. It develops ina peaceful and cooperative manner, and aims for mutual benefit and commondevelopment.
'Although China is different fromtraditional powers, the international community still views China in atraditional way. Some see China as an alien, some see China as a threat, andeven some ill-intentioned people exaggerate China's problems and defame us,' hesaid.
China's development will not onlybenefit all the Chinese people, but also benefit peoples of other countries,including Bangladesh. "I firmly believe that China could make even greatercontribution to the development of Bangladesh."
Mr. Li lun said in the currentworld, the right to speak is still controlled by the west. 'I can see thewestern media have considerable influence in Bangladesh' he said adding,'During the years, the Bangladesh media have made great contribution to thestrengthening of our bilateral relationship.'
The New Nation