Dhaka, Bangladesh: Construction of the much-talked about road to link China’s Kunming and Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar through depends on Burma’s response, Chinese ambassador Li Jun said in Dhaka recently.
“From the Chinese side, we’ve proceeded to establish the road link with Bangladesh through Burma (Myanmar). It now depends on Bangladesh’s relations with Burma which is improving.”
The Centre for East Asia Foundation, an independent study circle, organized the seminar at the CIRDAP auditorium of Dhaka on “Bangladesh-China cooperation and the security dimensions of the Bay of Bengal.” Li was the chief guest at the seminar moderated by former Bangladesh Bank governor Saleh Uddin Ahmed.
Li said, a Chinese company interested in building Bangladesh’s deep seaport at Sonadia and had already set up its office in Dhaka awaiting the government’s decision regarding the project.
He said that he had come to know that some countries were concerned about the security aspects of Bangladesh’s deep seaport.
Chinese companies showed interests in exploring energy resources in the Bay, he said.
But Bangladesh has a tendency to give contracts to big companies and the big companies eventually give sub-contracts to Chinese companies, he said replying to a question relating to Chinese cooperation in the exploration of oil and gas in the Bay of Bengal.
‘A number of strategic initiatives with China, like investing in Bangladesh’s proposed deep seaport at Sonadia, constructing an oil-pipeline from Chittagong to Kunming and exploiting the potential of Kunming-Burma road link though most-talked about were yet to be realized in evolving strategic dynamics of triangular relations among India, China and the United States,’ President of Bangladesh Political Science Association Ataur Rahman in his keynote said.