The Chinese ambassador did not reply when asked what Bangladesh said in reply of China’s request.

Li Jiming said China always maintains that the US-led Quad is a minor anti-China initiative. I want to clearly say that there are security elements in the initiative although it is said to be economic, he said.

The Chinese ambassador alerted Bangladesh saying that it is not wise to ponder over joining with such a ‘small’ group or club. Bilateral relations with Bangladesh would be substantially damaged if it joins hand with the initiative.

Diplomatic Correspondent Association, Bangladesh’s (DCAB) president Pantho Rahman and general secretary AKM Moinuddin were present at the event.