China hopes India would be part of BCIM corridor

Diplomatic Correspondent | Updated at 02:00am on May 09, 2019

Chinese ambassador Zhang Zuo in Bangladesh on Wednesday said his country hoped that India would be a part of a connectivity corridor under the four country regional group BCIM involving Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar.
‘India will be a part of BCIM corridor,’ Zuo said replying to a question at a press conference in Dhaka on recently held Belt and Road Forum in China.
Chinese president Xi Jingpin and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have reached a consensus on establishing connectivity in the region, he said.
Replying to a question on China’s role in resolving the Rohingya crisis with Myanmar, ambassador Zuo said China was playing a constructive role in facilitating Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the crisis through dialogue with keeping each other’s concerns in mind.
The Second Belt and Road Forum, or BRF, was held in China from April 25 to 27 with participation of 38 heads of state and government besides 6,000 foreign guests from 150 countries and 92 international organisations.
The second BRF was meant for drawing the blueprint for future cooperation, promoting a global partnership of connectivity, focusing on deepening relationships, building long-term support mechanism and committing to reform, the ambassador said.
Chinese and foreign enterprises signed cooperation agreements worth over US$64 billion, he said.
Replying to a question on Bangladesh’s engagements with the BRI, he said Bangladesh is among the first South Asian countries that responded to the BRI. Several projects including the rail link over the Padma Bridge, a tunnel under the River Karnaphuli and ICT network are underway under the BRI, he said.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain and industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, among others, attended the BRF in April, Zuo said.
China signed, during the BRF, a series of inter-governmental agreements of practical cooperation including Chgina-Myanmar Economic Corridor and China-Thailand Railway.
So far, 127 countries and 29 international organisations have signed Belt and Road cooperation agreement documents with the Chinese side, the ambassador added.