Xi Jinping Sends a Video Message to Mark Bangladeshi Founding Father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Centenary and 50th Independence Anniversary of Bangladesh
On March 17, 2021, President Xi Jinping sent a video message to an event held by Bangladesh in commemoration of the centenary of its founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth, and also in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the country's independence. On behalf of the Chinese government and Chinese people, Xi Jinping extended sincere greetings and best wishes to Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and the Bangladeshi government and people.
Xi Jinping stressed that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman founded the People's Republic of Bangladesh 50 years ago. As an old friend and a good friend of the Chinese people, he visited China twice and developed friendship with Chinese leaders of the older generations. We should keep in mind contributions made to the bilateral relations by leaders of the older generations and carry forward bilateral friendship.
Xi Jinping pointed out that since its independence 50 years ago, Bangladesh has made remarkable achievements in national construction. China is glad about that as a friendly neighbor.
Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Bangladesh have been friendly neighboring countries since ancient times, and the friendship spanning over a thousand years was witnessed by the Silk Road. Over the last 46 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the two sides have always treated each other with mutual respect and on an equal footing, offered mutual support and worked hand in hand. As China and Bangladesh are both at a crucial stage of national development, the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation and the dream of Sonar Bangla (golden Bangla) are interconnected, and the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries has delivered tangible benefits to the two peoples. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have been making joint efforts to overcome the difficulties and rendering mutual help. Major projects in Bangladesh participated in by Chinese enterprises have made groundbreaking progress, and the treatment of zero tariff for 97 percent of the taxable items imported from Bangladesh into China has officially taken effect.
Xi Jinping stressed that I attach great importance to the development of China-Bangladesh ties. China is ready to work with Bangladesh to better align the two countries' development strategies and jointly promote the construction of the Belt and Road, so as to take the China-Bangladesh strategic partnership of cooperation to new heights. I wish Bangladesh success and prosperity and its people happiness, peace and health. May the friendship between our two countries last forever.