Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has assured BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia of his country's continued support for economic and infrastructural development of Bangladesh.
Yang gave the assurance during a meeting with Khaleda Zia, who is now in Beijing, according to a message received here yesterday.
He said China considers Bangladesh a special friend and hence Chinese assistance in various fields would continue in the future.
The areas of cooperation could be infrastructure development like building bridges, roads and railways, and the energy sector, river training and flood control, the Chinese minister said.
He also conveyed his government's willingness to consider China's participation in the construction of a deep sea port in the Bay of Bengal.
Yang also assured continuation of China's assistance in modernising the Bangladesh Armed Forces.
He highly appreciated Khaleda Zia's contributions towards consolidating Sino-Bangladesh relations ever since they were established by late president Ziaur Rahman.
During the meeting, Khaleda Zia expressed gratitude on behalf of the people of Bangladesh for the assurances given by the foreign minister.
She also appreciated China's policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of others and for maintaining peaceful co-existence.
Both sides agreed on the importance of peace and stability in the region and for seeking negotiated settlement to all outstanding issues for the welfare of the people.
They were also strongly opposed to the terrorism and separatist activities.
The BNP leader wished the upcoming 18th Congress of the CPC all success. She also invited the Chinese foreign minister to visit Bangladesh.
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, and Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman, vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, among others, accompanied Khaleda Zia during the meeting.