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BD requires China's technological expertise in Covid-19 testing: Envoy Mahbub

| Updated: May 28, 2020 16:16:15

Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman (Photo provided by Embassy of Bangladesh in Beijing) Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman (Photo provided by Embassy of Bangladesh in Beijing)

Bangladesh requires China's technological expertise and experience in coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing, said Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman.

He said that the country needs China's technological expertise and experience in the testing and contact tracing, isolation and disinfection of contacts, early detection of new infection as well as clinical and pathological intervention mechanism.

The envoy also reiterated the importance of international cooperation in global coronavirus battle.

"We see the COVID-19 pandemic as a global threat to mankind and the global community should collaborate and cooperate together in this fight to eradicate the novel coronavirus," he said.

The ambassador also appealed to the international community to look at global efforts against the virus from a humanitarian perspective, reports Xinhua.

"Unless every single country in the world is freed from the virus, we strongly believe that no country is anymore safer in the near future," he said in a recent written interview with Xinhuanet.

China has been a key player in global fight against coronavirus (COVID-19), said the Bangladeshi Ambassador.

He said Bangladesh and China reciprocated donations in medical supplies, demonstrating a strong will to stand by each other at this grave moment of humanitarian crises.

Noting that 2020 marks the year to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the ambassador praised China's remarkable achievements in poverty alleviation.

In modern history, China has demonstrated the largest poverty eradication schemes and lifted a whole nation into the miraculous scientific and economic progress within a very short time frame, he said.

From 2013 to 2019, China lifted more than 93 million rural people out of poverty through precision measures, pairing-up aid, fostering industries such as produce processing and tourism, and relocating those in barren and remote mountainous areas to more habitable places.

The ambassador highlighted China's achievements, saying "the best practices and examples of poverty eradication in China can be replicated in other parts of the world."

On bilateral ties, the ambassador said, Bangladesh and China have maintained friendly and warm bilateral relations in recent years.

China has emerged as a major partner of Bangladesh in trade, investment and development, said the ambassador.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and China.

He called for further tapping the potentials in bilateral cooperation.

The ambassador expects both countries to enhance cooperation in the areas of digital infrastructure, economy and governance in order to unlock the potentials in modernising key economic and strategic sectors.

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