China urges Bangladesh not to switch businesses

Dhaka, Friday   10 April 2020


China urges Bangladesh not to switch businesses

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:52 PM, 17 February 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming on Monday urged Bangladeshi businesses not to switch over its supply chain to any other country as an alternative to China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

He made the request while speaking to members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at the National Press Club. 

The Chinese ambassador said that the import of goods from China had little effect on Bangladesh due to coronavirus. It would not be wise for the business community to import their raw materials from other countries as imports from other sources will be expensive and unnecessary.

At that time, the Chinese ambassador advised not to return 172 Bangladeshi students from Hubei province because of the risk of spreading coronavirus. “I do not want the virus to spread in Bangladesh,” he said.

On the Rohingya issue, Jiming said that China wants the Rakhine state to stop the violence and take refuge from Bangladesh as soon as possible.  

Terming Bangladesh and Myanmar as good friends of China, the ambassador said that his country wants more dialogue and discussion between the two countries on the issue. However, he refused to comment on the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Rohingya issue.