US Took Note Of China’s Warning To Bangladesh Against Quad Alliance: Official

China has warned Bangladesh in opposition to becoming a member of the US-led Quad alliance. (FILE)

Washington:

The US has taken notice of a Chinese diplomat’s assertion warning Bangladesh in opposition to becoming a member of the Quad, the casual grouping of Australia, India, Japan and America to coordinate within the Indo-Pacific area, a prime State Department official has stated.

State Department Spokesperson Ned Price instructed reporters at his each day information convention on Tuesday that the US has an extremely robust relationship with Bangladesh.

“We have taken note of that statement from the PRC (People’s Republic of China) ambassador to Bangladesh.

“What we might say is that we respect Bangladesh’s sovereignty and we respect Bangladesh’s proper to make international coverage choices for itself,” Price said.

Responding to a question, he said that the United States is close with its partners on a range of issues from economic growth to climate change to humanitarian issues.

“When it involves the Quad, we’ve stated this earlier than… it is an off-the-cuff, important, multilateral mechanism that proper now convenes like-minded democracies, the United States, India, Australia and Japan to coordinate within the Indo-Pacific and basically to push ahead our aim of a free and open Indo-Pacific area,” Price said.

In a provocative remark on Monday, China’s ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming warned Bangladesh against joining the US-led Quad alliance, saying that Dhaka’s participation in the anti-Beijing “membership” would result in “substantial injury” to bilateral relations.

“Obviously, it is not going to be a good suggestion for Bangladesh to take part on this small membership of 4 (Quad) as a result of it would considerably injury our bilateral relationship,” Li said at a virtual meeting organised by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen described the Chinese envoy’s comment as “very unlucky” and “aggressive”.

“We are an impartial and sovereign state. We resolve our international coverage,” he stated.

Initiated in 2007, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, Quad for brief, is an off-the-cuff grouping of the US, India, Australia and Japan.

China has vehemently opposed the formation of the Quad with a Chinese international ministry spokesman emphasising in March that exchanges and cooperation between international locations ought to assist increase mutual understanding and belief, as a substitute of concentrating on or harming the pursuits of third events.

The Quad member international locations have resolved to uphold a rules-based worldwide order within the Indo-Pacific amid rising Chinese assertiveness within the strategically very important area.

The first summit of the Quad leaders was hosted by US President Joe Biden on March 12 and the digital assembly was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

The 4 Quad leaders have vowed to try for an Indo-Pacific area that’s free, open, inclusive, wholesome, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion, sending a transparent message to China in opposition to its aggressive actions within the area.