June 30, 2022

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China Bangladesh Information: Padma Bridge not a part of China’s BRI, says Bangladesh

Bangladesh has snubbed China on the Belt and Highway Initiative (BRI) forward of Indo-Bangla Overseas Ministers meet in New Delhi on Sunday, and that is seen as Dhaka’s cautious method with regard to funding from Beijing.

In a pointy rebuttal to Chinese language claims of Bangladesh’s greatest infra challenge being a part of BRI, Dhaka stated that the Padma Bridge, which is scheduled to be launched on June 25, isn’t part of China’s BRI. It additionally stated that no overseas funds had been taken to finish this multipurpose challenge.

Earlier, the Bangladesh-China Silk Highway Discussion board and the Embassy of China in Dhaka introduced to carry an occasion titled “The Padma Bridge: An Instance of Bangladesh-China cooperation underneath Belt and Highway Initiative” on June 22. The Chinese language envoy is scheduled to attend the occasion.

Dhaka-based sources informed ET that few Chinese language firms had been sub-contractors however this challenge has been utterly funded by Dhaka after the World Financial institution withdrew from it.

“The Ministry of Overseas Affairs categorically asserts that the Padma Multipurpose Bridge has been solely funded by the Authorities of Bangladesh and no overseas funds from any bilateral or multilateral funding company have financially contributed to its development,” Bangladesh Overseas Ministry stated in an announcement.

In accordance with the Bangladesh overseas ministry, the completion of the bridge will fulfil the dream of Bangladesh of connecting the 19 south-western districts to the remainder of the nation leading to collective prosperity, socio-economic improvement of the nation in addition to enhanced regional connectivity.

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“The Ministry of Overseas Affairs earnestly hopes that every one buddies of Bangladesh will be part of fingers in celebrating the completion of this landmark challenge which is all of the extra particular because it has been carried out solely by the contribution of the folks and the Authorities”, the assertion added.

Bangladesh in contrast to Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been cautious in signing as much as each Chinese language proposal underneath BRI. Earlier some high Bangladesh firms had been blacklisted and there have been clashes between locals and Chinese language nationals in plenty of Chinese language funded tasks throughout Bangladesh.