Dhaka, Bangladesh
Have faith, carry on business as before

Have faith, carry on business as before

Chinese embassy exhorts Bangladeshi businesses

News Report: China on Thursday urged the Bangladeshi businessmen to carry on with business as before and have faith in the country's ability to tame the threat posed by coronavirus soon. "We hope that both sides will continue to maintain sound trade exchanges in goods and services," said the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka in a media release exhorting the Bangladeshi businessmen to believe in China. China has called on Chittagong Customs to provide efficient customs clearance facilitation for imports from China and ensuring safety of export inspection and quarantine of goods to promote bilateral trade in this "emergency" period. Over the years, as Bangladesh's largest trading partner, China has provided Bangladesh with stable sources of raw materials and various commodities of high quality and low price, giving important material support for Bangladesh's economic development, said the embassy. The Chinese government said they believe that China will remain Bangladesh's most reliable trading partner in future. China hoped that people in Bangladesh will not panic but calmly and rationally evaluate the risk, follow the guidelines of health professional authorities such as WHO, avoid overreaction and not follow rumours. "There is a saying in China which goes that 'the rumor ends with the wise'. We believe that the people of Bangladesh are the wise," the embassy said. The Embassy said as a responsible major country, China has taken stringent measures of control such as suspension of international tour groups, temperature screening at exit points, requiring outbound passengers to fill out and sign health declaration forms, and has made every effort to prevent the virus from spreading beyond China. The Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh conducted a statistical screening of the health condition of Chinese nationals in Bangladesh soon after the outbreak, and no suspected or confirmed cases have so far been identified. The Embassy has already issued notices to Chinese citizens and organisations to minimise their travel between China and Bangladesh in the next few weeks. "We hope that Bangladesh can support and understand us, as always, in this battle against the epidemic, which China has all the confidence and capability to win," said the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka. In a highly responsible manner, China has done a lot to ensure the health and safety of the Bangladeshi expatriates in China, and has always maintained communication with the Bangladeshi side to update the development of the epidemic and China's prevention and control efforts, it said. Understanding the concerns of the families and friends of some of the Bangladeshi nationals in Wuhan, the Chinese embassy said they agreed to let Bangladesh bring back its citizens. "We are told the returnees are now in quarantine and we sincerely hope for the best for them. So far, no Bangladeshi national in China or Bangladesh has been infected with the virus," it said. Several days ago, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming spoke to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Asadul Islam respectively on the COVID-19 outbreak. Ambassador Li briefed them on China's prevention and control measures against the epidemic, and told them that the Chinese government and people are fully confident and capable of winning the battle. Bangladesh praised the timely and resolute measures taken by China and its responsible and transparent stance over the issue, said the Chinese Embassy, adding that diplomats at all levels in the embassy are also maintaining close contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health on relevant issues in this regard. "We will not forget that the SARS epidemic raged in 2003, but we survived it and came out with a strengthened health system and booming national development," said the Chinese Embassy adding that they are fully capable, confident and resourceful to overcome any difficulty during curbing the epidemic with the shortest time of period, and to reassure the public health and security of our people and the world at large.

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