Dhaka: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Monday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her landslide victory in the general elections and hoped that the strategic and mutual cooperation between the two countries would continue during the upcoming tenure.
Hasina’s ruling Awami League-led alliance won 288 seats in the 300-member Parliament, according to the Election Commission.
A spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office here said Beijing’s envoy in Dhaka, Zhang Zuo, carried the Chinese leaders’ congratulatory messages to Hasina’s Ganobghaban residence.
“The ambassador said China expects Bangladesh to turn into a middle income country under her dynamic leadership by 2021, highly appreciating her leadership for the country’s development,” Hasina’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told PTI.
Zhang, he said, also expressed hope that the strategic and mutual cooperation between Dhaka and Beijing would continue during the upcoming tenure of her government.
Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuck also greeted Hasina and hoped that Bangladesh would continue to enjoy development and prosperity under her leadership.
China has vowed to boost military-to-military ties with Bangladesh by stepping up defence relations, including broadening of personnel training and cooperation in equipment technology.
Earlier, China said it planned to provide Bangladesh with a whopping USD nine billion low-interest loan to build six rail projects, including one close to the Indian border.