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China, B'desh ink 27 agreements after Xi-Hasina talks

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

and today upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership as they signed 27 agreements, including loan and investment deals in the infrastructure sector worth billions, after Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "We agreed to elevate China-relations from a closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation to a strategic partnership of cooperation and to increase high level exchanges and strategic communication so that our bilateral relations continue to move ahead at a higher level," Xi said after his talks with Hasina. He termed and "good neighbours, good friends and good partners." "China-relationship is now at a new historical starting point and heading toward a promising future," Xi said. "is ready to work with to move forward as friends and partners who trust and support each other and to add more substance to China-strategic partnership of cooperation," he said. After Xi and Hasina held bilateral talks, the two countries signed 27 deals -- 15 MoUs and 12 loan and framework agreements -- on different projects.

However, there were reports that may offer up to USD 40 billion credit, both sides refrained from providing the details of the loan amount. At the signing ceremony, Hasina noted that she had a "very fruitful" discussion with Xi on issues like improving bilateral, regional, and international cooperation. "We agreed to form synergy between our respective development strategies, jointly advance the belt and road initiative and launch the joint feasibility study on a China- FTA to strengthen our trade and investment cooperation and strengthen practical cooperation in key areas such as infrastructure, productivity capacity, energy and power, transportation, ICT and agriculture," Xi said. He said would "continue to do its best" to provide capital, technological and human resources support and carry out "more cooperation" on big projects with to support its economical and social development. "There was a closer comprehensive cooperation between and But the cooperation has been lifted to a strategic relationship," Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told a media briefing after Xi-Hasina talks. "Both the leaders said Bangladesh-relations are based on trust and are time tested and therefore the relations have now been elevated to a strategic level," he said. He said they also agreed to jointly advance the BCIM economic corridor and increase communication and coordination of international and regional issues of shared interest. Prime Minister Hasina in her statement reiterated that supports in all of its core issues including "one policy". "We have agreed to work closely and support each other on regional and international issues of mutual interest," she was quoted as saying by Bangladeshi media.

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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 20:03 IST