Xi Congratulates Hasina After Re-Election

Desk Report

Published: 11 Jan 2024, 10:36 am

Sheikh Hasina and Xi Jinping || Photo: BSS

Sheikh Hasina and Xi Jinping || Photo: BSS

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday (January 11) congratulated Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina on her re-election, state media reported, after a vote securing her a fifth term that was marked by an opposition boycott and mass arrests.

In his message to Hasina, Xi said he hoped the two countries ‘will work together to... deepen political mutual trust (and) carry forward traditional friendship’, Xinhua reported.

Beijing hoped to boost ‘high-quality’ cooperation as part of its Belt and Road global infrastructure initiative and raise ties to ‘a new level’, Xinhua reported Xi as saying.

Hasina has presided over breakneck economic growth in Bangladesh -- once beset by grinding poverty -- but her government has been accused of rampant human rights abuses and a ruthless crackdown on dissent.

Sunday’s vote saw her party take three-quarters of seats in parliament after polls were boycotted by the opposition, with the turnout a meagre 41.8 percent.

Britain and the United States slammed the vote, but India endorsed it.

On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said it was willing to work with Bangladesh ‘to further carry forward our traditional friendship on the basis of mutual respect, equality, common benefit, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs’.Xi Congratulates Hasina After Re-Election

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday (January 11) congratulated Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina on her re-election, state media reported, after a vote securing her a fifth term that was marked by an opposition boycott and mass arrests.

In his message to Hasina, Xi said he hoped the two countries ‘will work together to... deepen political mutual trust (and) carry forward traditional friendship’, Xinhua reported.

Beijing hoped to boost ‘high-quality’ cooperation as part of its Belt and Road global infrastructure initiative and raise ties to ‘a new level’, Xinhua reported Xi as saying.

Hasina has presided over breakneck economic growth in Bangladesh -- once beset by grinding poverty -- but her government has been accused of rampant human rights abuses and a ruthless crackdown on dissent.

Sunday’s vote saw her party take three-quarters of seats in parliament after polls were boycotted by the opposition, with the turnout a meagre 41.8 percent.

Britain and the United States slammed the vote, but India endorsed it.

On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said it was willing to work with Bangladesh ‘to further carry forward our traditional friendship on the basis of mutual respect, equality, common benefit, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs’.

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