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Dhaka, Beijing sign agreements on intelligence sharing, counterterrorism

  • Published at 03:00 pm October 26th, 2018
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The bilateral relationship between the two countries has been elevated to the status of ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’

Bangladesh and China have signed three documents on security cooperation in Dhaka on Friday.

The documents were signed at a home-minister level meeting between the two countries at the Secretariat, reports UNB.

Chinese Minister and Party Committee Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security Zhao Kezhi, and Bangladesh Minister of Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal led their respective sides at the meeting.

"Zhao Kezhi appreciated the Bangladesh government's support for protecting Chinese investment,” said Asaduzzaman.

The three documents that were signed are a plan of action on law enforcement training cooperation, an agreement on the establishment of a joint working group, and a letter of exchange on police equipment.

Issues related to counterterrorism, cybercrime, militancy, transnational crimes, narcotics, fire service, and visa issues were discussed at the meeting, the home minister told reporters.

In addition to intelligence sharing, Bangladesh and China agreed to work together to address terrorism, Asaduzzaman added. 

The two countries also discussed visa issues, especially for Bangladeshi tourists and members of the business community. 

"As there is a scope for more Chinese investment, there will be more avenues of cooperation," the home minister said.

Tripartite talks on Rohingya repatriation

Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Bangladesh and China discussed issues with Rohingya repatriation, placing emphasis on the swift repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar.

The Chinese delegation stressed the need for implementation of the repatriation agreements signed by Bangladesh and Myanmar.

"The repatriation issues will be further discussed at a tripartite meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts," the home minister said.

Prior to the bilateral meeting, which lasted for around two hours, Chinese Minister Zhao Kezhi was given a guard of honour.

The Chinese cinister arrived in Dhaka on a three-day visit to attend the meeting on Thursday. He met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday evening.

This is the highest-level visit from China so far this year.

Bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China have been elevated to a “strategic partnership of cooperation,” maintaining the momentum of cooperation between the armed forces of the two nations, said the Chinese delegation.