Over the past four decades, Bangladesh and China have maintained close military ties reaching defence relations between the two countries ‘unprecedented heights’, said the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka on Monday.
“China is not only a reliable and affordable source of weapons and equipment for Bangladesh armed forces, but also provides military training and technology,” it said.
The Embassy of China in Bangladesh hosted a grand reception at Radisson BluDhaka Water Garden to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Over 500 guests, including high-ranking officers and officials, diplomats and scholars, attended the reception.
In his speech, Senior Colonel Zhang Wei, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of China in Bangladesh, highlighted the steady and rapid progress in China-Bangladesh military cooperation in the last few years, “with frequent high-level visits, continuously deepening pragmatic cooperation and fruitful cooperation in personnel training”.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as well as the chiefs of three services of Bangladesh armed forces, have made “successful” visits to China.
Air Chief Marshal Xu Qiliang, Deputy Chairman of Chinese Central Military Commission, and General Chang Wanquan, Minister of National Defence, visited Bangladesh with “great success and fruitful results.”
The Chinese PLA naval task group visited Chittagong for a 2nd time in the past two years, which played a positive role in promoting mutual trust and understanding, deepening the exchanges and cooperation, improving the ability to jointly respond to maritime threats and safeguard regional stability.
Increasing number of Bangladesh officers went to China for training and exchange, which plays an important role in promoting the mutual understanding and trust.
Senior Colonel Zhang Wei also appreciated and praised Bangladesh’s position on issues related to China’s core interests, which believes that the disputes should be resolved through negotiation and consultation by parties directly concerned, and not to be interfered by and third party.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Sheikh Hasina have reached a series of consensus on bilateral relations, and agreed to upgrade the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership of cooperation, which injects new impetus into the growth of our relations, said the Chinese Embassy.
With common efforts, the two sides will forge closer defence relations in the future, which include a growing number of high-level exchange visits, training programmes, joint exercises, defence procurement, security cooperation such as counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, peacekeeping operations and disaster management, it said.