China rejects US views
BRI inclusive, beneficial to all
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming has sharply reacted to US' views regarding Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) maintaining that BRI is "open, inclusive and beneficial" to all.
"More than anything else, such malicious slander and irresponsible claim (by US) are certainly not the least helpful for any kind of peace and development in this region," he mentioned in an article shared with the media on Tuesday.
The Chinese envoy referred to comments made by US Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall G Schriver during his recent visit to Bangladesh.
Ambassador Jiming said Schriver claimed that the BRI did not support free and open regional development nor ensure the protection of nations' sovereignty and international law.
"The claim is rather groundless given where China is standing today in issues concerning global interest and international governance, in stark contrast with how the US has behaved in the past few years," he added.
The Chinese envoy said proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the BRI has been a trending word that frequents news headlines all around the globe, even more so in Bangladesh as it is one of the first South Asian countries to join the initiative.
"We highly appreciate that Bangladesh along with many other countries have showed great support towards BRI for their good faith in China and the benefits the initiative has already delivered to their people," he said.