Staff Correspondent
China has assured that it will cooperate with Bangladesh in tackling the Rohingya crisis. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the Chinese assertion came at a working meeting on Friday attended by senior officials from both the countries.
Headed by China’s Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi the Chinese delegation met the Bangladesh team at the secretariat, in the capital, where Bangladesh sought China’s assistance in resolving the Rohingya crisis through playing an important role.
“They assured us that they feel the issue to be solved soon,” said minister while briefing journalists.
Khan said a discussion on the Rohingya repatriation issues was held in the meeting which laid emphasis on quick repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar.
The Chinese side emphasised implementation of agreements signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation.
“There’ll be a tripartite meeting among Bangladesh Foreign Minister (AH Mahmood Ali) and his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts where they will discuss the issue further,” Minister Khan said.
It is worth mentioning here that more than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar began a crackdown in August 2017. There were 400,000 Rohingyas already residing in Bangladesh, prior to the recent Myanmar atrocities.
Myanmar has not taken any initiative to implement the Rohingya repatriation agreement it signed with Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been urging the international community to put pressure on Myanmar on the issue.
In the meeting, Bangladesh and China also signed three cooperation documents seeking close cooperation and intelligence sharing over issues like terrorism, transnational crimes and cybercrimes.
The three signed documents are ‘Plan of Action on Law Enforcement Training Cooperation’, cooperation document on establishment of joint working group and letter of exchange on police equipment.
“These three documents have been signed for deeper understanding,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters after a home-minister level meeting between the two countries at the Secretariat.
The Home Minister said the issues related to counterterrorism, cybercrimes, militancy, transnational crimes, narcotics, fire service and visa issues were discussed at the meeting.
“They (Chinese side) agreed that terrorism is a common challenge in the world and we’ll work jointly to address the challenge,” he said.
The Home Minister said there will be exchange of views and delegations between the two countries in addition to intelligence sharing between the two countries. “These things were discussed.”
He said the two countries discussed the security of huge Chinese investment in Bangladesh and the Chinese side appreciated Bangladesh government’s support in protecting Chinese investment and for providing safety to them.
“More Chinese investment to come…there’ll be more avenues of cooperation,” said the Bangladesh Home Minister.
The two countries also discussed visa arrival, especially for Bangladeshi tourists and businesspeople.
“Chinese side responded positively, and they’ll make a formal announcement after their internal discussions,” the Home Minister added.
The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China elevated to the ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’, which maintains a new momentum of cooperation between the armed forces of the two nations, said the Chinese side.