Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo on Monday said his country wants to boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China under the Road and Belt and Road Initiative.

“Our hearts get closer now, our friendship is strengthened,” said the Chinese ambassador adding that the friendship between the two countries will be even deeper than the Bay of Bengal, reports UNB.

Ambassador Zou made the remarks while addressing an experience-sharing event at the embassy on medical treatment and tourism.

Deputy chief of mission and counselor Chen Wei; and chairman and chief executive officer HBM Lutfur Rahman among others, spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, China opened its doors for Bangladeshi citizens to get “affordable and quality medical treatment” in a bid to further boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China.

Chinese Embassy in Dhaka is granting medical visas for Bangladeshi citizens to avail of “high quality and reliable treatment” in China, said the embassy.

The ambassador said the medical tourism will help strengthen relations between the two countries.

Chen Wei said there is a necessity of building bridges and roads but people-to-people contact is very important.

He said the Embassy will promote such initiatives in the coming days to strengthen the friendship.

They encouraged all to share the experience of Bangladeshi citizens on medical treatment in Kunming with their friends and families.

A group of patients, who availed of treatment in Kunming fully funded by the Chinese embassy here, shared their experiences.

They lauded the quality, affordability and advanced medical equipment in Kunming but urged to address the language barrier.

Irving Group, a business group in Bangladesh, is facilitated the treatment of preselected patients in a hospital in Kunming.