Sheikh Hasina, who addressed the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in the northern Chinese port city of Dalian on Tuesday, said she always believed that despite differences in size and capacity between the two countries, Bangladesh can only secure its peace and security through sustainable development and connectivity.
"It is just organic. We have shaded blood together for our (Bangladesh's) independence," Hasina said on Bangladesh-India relations. It was also "beyond a few billions of dollars of trade," she said. Asked how she maintains friendship with both India and China at the WEF meeting, Hasina said her government has tried to be balanced and objective in its foreign relations.
She added that her government always made it clear to all that Bangladesh does not harbour any military ambition as it is against their values and ethos. Hasina, who has reached Beijing for official talks with the Chinese leadership, said that when she first assumed office as the premier in 1996, her government resolved a most challenging issue of sharing Ganges river water with India.
"We amicably delimited our maritime boundary with Myanmar and India. And now, Bangladesh and India are joining hands to uniquely develop our trans-boundary river navigation," she told the WEF meeting.