China calls on Bangladesh to reject US-led “block politics”


China called on Bangladesh to “support independence” and reject “block politics,” especially the US-led politics that Beijing characterized as “centrism and exceptionism” in the United States.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement On June 2, after a meeting between Liu Jinsong, Director General of Asian Affairs, and Mahbub Uz Zaman, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to China, we discussed bilateral relations and regional issues.

At the meeting, Mr. Liu criticized US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s May speech on China as “a serious deviation from the US worldview and the view of China and Sino-US relations.”

“The logic behind the US Indo-Pacific Strategy, AUKUS, Quad Group, and the latest Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is US centrism and exceptionalism,” he said.

Liu added that the US-led initiative “only brings disgrace to itself, but at the same time undermines the framework of regional cooperation and creates block conflicts.”

“Monopolar hegemony doesn’t win support, block conflicts have no future, and building a” small garden with high walls “and disconnecting or disconnecting from the supply chain is not good for everyone. “He said.

“China struggles with countries in the region, including Bangladesh, to support independence, reject the Cold War spirit and block politics, uphold true multilateralism, with the basic interests of their own and the region in mind. We believe in protecting the environment we have acquired. For the peace and development of the region. “

In response, Zaman reaffirms that Bangladesh opposes the Block Conflict and the “New Cold War,” but maintains a stance of “friendship for all and no malice to anyone.” did.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will speak about China on May 26, 2022 at the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington. (AlexWong / Getty Images)

Blinken said in His May 26th speech Washington’s approach to China, not to seek a “new Cold War,” but to maintain international law, not to prevent China from becoming a major power.

“Under the President [regime leader Xi Jinping]The ruling Chinese Communist Party is becoming more oppressive at home and more aggressive abroad, “quoting Beijing’s illegal maritime activities in the South China Sea and support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“We are ready to strengthen our direct communication with Beijing over all issues, and hope it can happen, but we cannot rely on Beijing to change course.” Blinken added.

This is China’s second attempt to warn Bangladesh of joining a US-led alliance, first in May 2021 when a Chinese envoy quads Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with China. He warned that he would suffer “substantial damage” if he participated in.

A Chinese envoy said Bangladesh was “not profitable” by joining a four-country alliance consisting of the United States, India, Japan and Australia, and said it was a “narrow-purpose geopolitical group.” called.

However, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen blamed the remarks of the Chinese envoy and argued that Bangladesh was an “independent sovereign state” capable of deciding its own foreign policy.

Momen described the Chinese administration’s warning as “abnormal” and “aggressive,” adding that he “did not expect China to do so.” He further pointed out that Quad had not contacted Bangladesh to propose to join the alliance, questioning why the Chinese envoy made such “premature” statements.

Bangladesh participated in the Beijing Belt and Road Initiative in 2016, but was at risk of losing to China a strategically important port in the Bay of Bengal at the expense of debt trap diplomacy. This will give the Beijing administration access to the Indian Ocean.

Alex Wu contributed to this report.

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