Alexa China assures to work to resolve Rohingya crisis: PM

Dhaka, Monday   26 August 2019


PM briefing media

China assures to work to resolve Rohingya crisis: PM

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:25 PM, 8 July 2019   Updated: 10:00 AM, 9 July 2019



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that China has assured to work on resolving the Rohingya crisis. 

“They assured that they will try to convince the Myanmar government to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh,” the Premier said while holding to brief the media on her five-day bilateral official visit to China. 

The media briefing started at 4:00 pm at her official Ganabhaban residence on Monday.  

The Prime Minister said, “The Chinese premier said that the Rohingya crisis is a big problem for Bangladesh. He mentioned that China has sent its Foreign Minister twice to Myanmar. They will again send the minister to Myanmar- if necessary- to resolve this problem through negotiations.” 

“I emphasized peace and stability in the region to achieve the desired goal of development. I mention that due to the Rohingya crisis, this peace and stability can be interrupted,” she said.  

The Premier left Dhaka for China on July 1 on a five-day bilateral official visit to China at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. After wrapping up her visit to China, she returned home on Saturday.

During the tour in China, Sheikh Hasina held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and joined the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions in the city of Dalian and attended a panel discussion titled ‘Cooperation in the Pacific Rim’.

Following the meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Beijing assured Bangladesh that it would try to persuade Myanmar to take back its Rohingya nationals. 

The Chinese premier agreed with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on resolving the protracted crisis quickly, saying, “There is no doubt that it’s a big problem for Bangladesh”.

Li Keqiang, however, stressed the need for solving the crisis bilaterally and assured that China will help end the crisis.

During the call on with Sheikh Hasina, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Minister for International Affairs Song Tao also assured that their sole governing party would contact with Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders there to resolve the crisis.

Bangladesh and China also signed nine instruments in different sectors including aid for the Rohingyas and economic and technical cooperation, investment, power, culture, and tourism after the two premiers’ talks on July 4.

Of the nine instruments - five are agreements, three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and a document - while ministers and officials concerned of the two countries signed the documents in presence of the two leaders.

Under the first agreement titled “Letter of Exchange (LoC) on the Rohingya Refugees Rice Aid”, China will provide 2,500 tonnes of rice to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar.

Other instruments are - Framework Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area; Framework Agreement of Power Grid  Network Strengthening Project under PGCB Project; Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between Bangladesh and China; Government Concessional Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project and Preferential Buyer’s Credit Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project.

The three MoUs were on the Establishment of Investment Cooperation Working Group and its Implementation Plan on hydrological information sharing of Yalu Zhangbo/Brahmaputra River and Cultural Exchange and Tourism Program. 

Sheikh Hasina met the WEF founder and executive chairman on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of WEF annual meeting and had a roundtable with the CEOs of different Chinese companies.

She also attended a reception accorded to her by the expatriate Bangladeshis in China and paid rich tributes to the heroes of the Chinese revolution by placing a wreath at the Heroes Memorial in Tian’anmen Square.