Washington, May 12 | The US has taken note of the statement of a Chinese diplomat warning Bangladesh against joining the Quad, informal groups of Australia, India, Japan and the US to coordinate in the Indo-Pacific region, a top state department The officer said.
State Department spokesman Ned Calculator told reporters at his daily news conference on Tuesday that the US had an incredibly strong relationship with Bangladesh.
“We have taken note of the statement of the PRC (People’s Republic of China) about Ambassador to Bangladesh.
“What we will say is that we respect the sovereignty of Bangladesh and we respect Bangladesh’s right to take foreign policy decisions for ourselves,” Price said.
In response to a question, he said that the United States is close to its allies on many issues ranging from economic development to climate change to humanitarian issues.
“When it comes to the Quad, we’ve said before … It’s an informal, necessary, multilateral mechanism to coordinate in the Indo-Pacific right now, like the United States, India, Australia and Japan. Fundamental ideas – Auctions.” Carries forward our goal of an independent and open Indo-Pacific region.
In a purification comments on Monday, the Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Lee Giming warned Bangladesh against joining the US-led quad alliance, saying that Dhaka’s involvement in Beijing’s ‘club’ caused ‘considerable damage’ to bilateral relations Has happened. Will happen.
In a virtual meeting organized by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh, Lee said, “Obviously, attending this small club of four (quad) would not be a good idea for Bangladesh as it would hurt our bilateral relations significantly.”
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Moman described the Chinese envoy’s remarks as ‘very unfortunate’ and ‘offensive’.
‘We are an independent and sovereign state. We decide our foreign policy, ‘he said.
Launched in 2007, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, Quad for Short, is an informal group in the US, India, Australia and Japan.
China has strongly opposed the formation of the Quad in March with a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman to help expand mutual understanding and trust rather than to target or harm third-party dialogue and cooperation. . needed.
The Quad member countries have resolved to maintain a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific amidst Chinese assertiveness in the strategically important region.
The first quad leaders’ summit was hosted by US President Joe Biden on March 12, and the virtual meeting was attended by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Hollywood Chief Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Chief Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Four quad heads have vowed to strive for the Indo-Pacific region, which is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values and forcefully indecisive, giving a clear message to China against its aggressive actions in the region is.