Chinese defense minister meets Bangladesh chief of army staff
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with Chief of Bangladesh Army Staff Aziz Ahmed in Beijing.
Wei said the China-Bangladesh strategic partnership of cooperation has been constantly consolidated and developed, thanks to the efforts of the leaders of the two countries.
China is ready to work with Bangladesh to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of both sides, strengthen strategic communication, expand cooperation in personnel training, equipment and technology, disaster relief, peacekeeping and other fields, pushing for new development of relations between the two countries and their armed forces, Wei noted
Aziz said that Bangladesh thanked China for its long-term selfless assistance to the country and its armed forces and would like to deepen the friendship between the two countries and militaries.
In a previous meeting with top leaders of Bangladesh armed forces, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with MasihuzzamanSerniabat, Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force in Septembe
Wei said the Chinese army is willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation with the Bangladesh army in equipment, technology and personnel training, and lift the relations between the two armies to a higher level
Masihuzzaman expressed Bangladesh side’s appreciation for China’s long-term support, as well as its willingness to promote practical exchanges and cooperation between both countries and armies in various fields and to seek better development of bilateral military relations.
In 2013 Bangladesh and China finalized the deal for the purchase of two submarines by Dhaka from Beijing with the two vessels having reached the country and joined the Bangladesh Navy last year. The deal is set to cost Bangladesh Tk 1,600 crore or US$203.3 million to procure the two Ming class submarines.
The type 035G diesel-electric run submarines will be delivered in 2019 as per a report in the New Age. 17 Bangladesh Navy sailors are reportedly receiving training on how to operate submarines. These will be placed in Kutubdia Island in Cox’s Bazaar where a submarine base is being constructed as per the New Age.