by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has been wondered why the Chinese envoy warned Dhaka of souring relations with Beijing if the South Asian nation joins the US-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, popularly known as Quad.
“It seemed to be an presumptuous comment,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters on Tuesday, a day after Chinese Ambassador to Li Jiming urged Bangladesh not to join the US-led alliance.
The envoy also warned Bangladesh’s participation to this ‘small group of elites’ would “substantially damage” the relations between Dhaka and Beijing.
He also remarked that the group was working against China, and it was not formed only for economic and security purposes.
In response to the Chinese envoy’s remarks, the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister at a news conference said there has been no decision over the Quad, established in 2007 for an informal strategic dialogue among the US, Japan, Australia and India.
“Bangladesh is an independent state, it will take its sovereign decision,” the minister said.
Momen regretted that the Chinese do not pock its nose to internal affairs of others. “It is unfortunate, utterly unfortunate! They cannot dictate us what we will be doing or not.”
He said any nation can put their opinions, but “it is our cup of tea as to what we will be deciding considering the wellness of our people.”
During a virtual media meet on Monday, the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh talked on a host of issues that include shipment of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh from China and possible Chinese investment on dredging of a trans-boundary river which Bangladesh shares with India.