The leading Bangladeshi newspapers of The Daily Star and Prothom Alo on October 14, 2016 carried a signed article by Chinese President Xi Jinping on the occasion of his state visit to the country. The full text of the article is as follows.
China-Bangladesh Cooperation Will Bear Golden Fruits
H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
At the kind invitation of President Abdul Hamid, I will pay a state visit to the beautiful country of Bangladesh in this golden harvest season of autumn. It has been six years since my last trip to this country and I look forward to meeting friends both old and new and discussing with them how China and Bangladesh can work together for common development.
Bangladesh is a fascinating and promising land. It is where the Padma, Jamuna and Meghna rivers flow into the sea. Its vast expanse of fertile fields which normally have the color of emerald green become a sea of golden yellow at the time of harvest. Endowed with rich natural resources, this land is home to a hard-working and talented nation and a time-honored and splendid culture. In fact, famous poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote many of his most notable works in Bengali.
孟加拉国是一片充满希望的热土。在这里，独立后的孟加拉国白手起家，艰苦奋斗，成功解决了1.6 亿人口的生计问题，为世界减贫事业作出了重要贡献。近年来，孟加拉国抓住经济全球化机遇，聚焦改革和发展，经济保持6%以上增长，工业化和城市化进程不断 推进，正朝着成为中等收入国家的“2021愿景“迈进。
Bangladesh is a land filled with hope. Since its independence, Bangladesh has come a long way. With strenuous efforts, it has started from scratch and successfully met the livelihood needs of its 160 million population, contributing significantly to global poverty reduction. In recent years, by seizing the opportunities of economic globalization and focusing on reform and development, Bangladesh has kept its economy growing at above 6 percent and made steady progress in industrialization and urbanization. Bangladesh is well on track to achieve Vision 2021 and become a middle-income country.
The people of China and Bangladesh have been good neighbors and friends since ancient times. Stories of our friendship and exchange witnessed by the Southern Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road throughout the millennia are still being told today. Eminent Chinese monks Faxian and Xuanzang travelled west for Buddhist scriptures. Atisa Dipankara Shrijnana, a Bengali religious master, spread Buddhism in China. They were the pioneers of our cultural exchange. Famous navigator Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty visited Bengal twice. According to his description, “This is a richly endowed and teeming land with lovely people and fertile fields.“ Believed by the Chinese then to be a qilin (an auspicious mythical animal), the giraffe that the Bengali king gave to the Ming emperor brought much excitement to the court and general public in China.
近代以来，中孟两国人民饱受战争和国家贫弱之苦，为争取民族独立和解放、促进国家发展和进步而不 懈努力，铸就了牢固的友谊和信任。上世纪五六十年代，周恩来总理两次到访达卡，孟加拉国国父穆吉布·拉赫曼两次访华。早在建交之前，两国老一辈领导人就为 中孟两国人民种下了友谊之树。如今这棵大树根深叶茂，硕果累累。
More recently, having endured repeated wars and incessant poverty, our peoples fought tenaciously for national independence and liberation, strove for development and progress and forged unshakable trust and friendship in the process. In the 1950s and 1960s, Premier Zhou Enlai visited Dhaka twice and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited China twice. The seed of friendship was thus planted by the veteran leaders of our two countries long before diplomatic ties were established. It has now grown into a giant tree with deep roots and rich fruits.
中国人讲，“唯以心相交，方能成其久远“。建交41年来，中国始终视孟加拉国为真挚的朋友、发展 的伙伴，高度重视中孟关系发展，同孟方在涉及彼此核心利益的问题上相互坚定支持。中孟历任领导人在双边和多边场合保持良好互动，积极引领两国关系发展。去 年9月，我同哈西娜总理在纽约出席联合国成立70周年系列峰会期间举行了友好会晤，双方一致同意全面拓展各领域合作，共同推进“一带一路“和孟中印缅经济 走廊建设，推动两国关系早日迈上新台阶。
As a Chinese proverb goes, “Only friendships built on sincerity can last long.“ Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 41 years ago, China has always regarded Bangladesh as its true friend and partner for development. China highly values its relations with Bangladesh. We firmly support each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests. Successive Chinese and Bangladeshi leaders have maintained sound interactions at bilateral and multilateral events and provided positive guidance to the growth of bilateral relations. In September 2015, I had a good meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New York on the margins of the UN summits marking its 70th anniversary. We agreed to expand cooperation across the board, jointly advance the Belt and Road Initiative and the BCIM Economic Corridor and take bilateral relations to a new height.
在两国人民辛勤耕耘下，中孟务实合作喜获丰收。当前，中国已经成为孟加拉国最大贸易伙伴，孟加拉 国是中国在南亚第三大贸易伙伴和第三大工程承包市场。中孟双边贸易额从2000年的9亿美元迅速增长到2015年的147亿美元，年均增幅20%左右。孟 加拉国的黄麻产品在中国市场越来越受欢迎。中国企业为孟加拉国建设了最先进的现代化大型化肥厂——沙迦拉化肥厂，最大的国际会展中心——邦戈班杜国际会议 中心，正在承建孟加拉国人民的“梦想之桥“——帕德玛大桥。在交通、电力、能源、通信等领域，都有中国企业同孟加拉国广大建设者一道同甘共苦、勤勉开拓的 身影。中方发起的亚洲基础设施投资银行首批贷款项目就包括孟加拉国配电系统升级改造项目，孟加拉国上千万农村人口将因此受益。此外，两国在防务安全、教育 文化等领域合作也取得了长足进展。
With the unremitting efforts of our two peoples, China-Bangladesh practical cooperation has produced fruitful results. China is now the largest trading partner of Bangladesh and Bangladesh China’s third largest trading partner and third largest project contract market in South Asia. Bilateral trade soared from 900 million U.S. dollars in 2000 to 14.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, registering an annual increase of around 20 percent. Jute products from Bangladesh are increasingly popular in the Chinese market. Chinese companies have built the Shahjalal Fertilizer Factory, the most advanced modern fertilizer plant in Bangladesh, the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, the largest one in Bangladesh, and are now building the Padma Bridge, the dream bridge of the Bangladeshi people. As a matter of fact, one can find Chinese and Bangladeshi people together making tireless and pioneering efforts in many sectors of Bangladesh such as transportation, electricity, energy and telecommunications. One of the first batch of projects financed by loans from the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is the Power Grid Network Strengthening Project in Bangladesh, which will benefit tens of millions of rural residents. We have also made significant progress in our cooperation in defense, security, education, culture and other fields.
中国和孟加拉国同为人口大国和发展中国家，国情民情相似，发展目标契合。“金色孟加拉“梦想所展 现的孟加拉国人民强国富民之梦，同中国人民追求中华民族伟大复兴的中国梦相通相融。中国提出的“一带一路“倡议为两国合作共赢提供了新的机遇。无论就地理 位置、人口规模而言，还是从市场潜力、合作空间来看，孟加拉国都是中国在南亚和印度洋地区开展“一带一路“建设和产能合作不可或缺的重要伙伴。
Both China and Bangladesh are developing countries with a huge population. Our national conditions have a lot in common and our development goals are well-aligned. The “Sonar Bangla“ dream of national strength and prosperity is in perfect harmony with the Chinese dream of great national renewal. The Belt and Road Initiative put forward by China heralds new opportunities for win-win cooperation between our two countries. Bangladesh, with its favorable geographic location and huge population, market potential and cooperation space, is an indispensable partner for China to advance the Belt and Road Initiative and production capacity cooperation in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
During this visit, I look forward to working with Bangladeshi leaders to further grow our bilateral relations, identify key areas of cooperation, advance exchanges and cooperation in various fields and bring China-Bangladesh relations to a new level.
——我们要加强政治沟通，收获真诚互信的果实。孟加拉国国父穆吉布·拉赫曼曾经发出“友及天下， 不树一敌“的心愿。中国永远是孟加拉国可以信赖的朋友和伙伴。双方应该从战略高度出发，加强高层交往和顶层设计，增进传统友谊，巩固政治关系，为双边关系 确定更高远的目标、搭建更完善的框架，为两国世代友好和全面合作深入发展打下坚实基础。
– We need to step up political communication for greater mutual trust. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman put forward the vision of “friendship to all, malice to none.“ China will always be Bangladesh’s trustworthy friend and partner. Our two sides should, from a strategic perspective, strengthen high-level exchanges and top-level planning, cement traditional friendship and political ties, set more ambitious goals and build a better framework for our bilateral relations and lay a solid foundation for lasting friendship and all-round cooperation.
——我们要对接发展战略，收获互利共赢的果实。中孟合作互补性强，潜力巨大。我们愿将中国“十三 五“规划同孟加拉国“七五“计划紧密结合，发挥各自比较优势，扩大经贸往来，在基础设施建设、产能合作、能源电力、交通运输、信息通信、农业等领域打造重 点项目，在孟中印缅经济走廊框架内加强双方务实合作，使两国民众切实享受到中孟合作带来的福祉。
– We need to align our development strategies for win-win outcomes. There is huge potential and complementarity in our cooperation. China is ready to synergize its 13th Five-Year Plan with Bangladesh’s Seventh Five-Year Plan with a view to leveraging our respective comparative advantages, increasing economic exchanges and trade, building key projects in areas such as infrastructure, production capacity, energy, electricity, transportation, information, telecommunications and agriculture, strengthening practical cooperation under the BCIM Economic Corridor and delivering to our people tangible benefits of our cooperation.
– We need to enhance South-South cooperation for common development. China stands ready to offer more assistance and support to Bangladesh to the best of its capability, enhance mutual assistance and cooperation with Bangladesh in areas such as disaster prevention and mitigation, vocational training, medical and health care services, climate change and women and children, work together with Bangladesh to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and make China-Bangladesh cooperation a fine example of South-South cooperation.
– We need to build a bridge of friendship for greater affinity and mutual understanding. Friendship between our two countries dates back a long time. In fact, both the Chinese and Bangladeshi people drink water from the same river, known as Yarlung Zangbo River in China and Jamuna River in Bangladesh. China will work to increase exchanges and mutual learning between the Chinese and Bangladeshi culture so as to bring our people closer to each other. It is important that we facilitate exchanges and cooperation in areas such as education, media, think tanks, tourism and youth and at the sub-national level so that more of our people will be mobilized to support closer ties between China and Bangladesh.
I believe with the joint efforts of our two peoples, China-Bangladesh cooperation will bear even more golden fruits.