(ECNS) -- Chinese President Xi sent a reply letter to Bangladeshi girl Alifa Chin before International Children's Day, encouraging her to study hard, pursue her dream, and carry forward the traditional friendship between China and Bangladesh, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Thursday.
Alifa Chin was born in 2010 to a mother who had a difficult labor with her life in danger due to severe heart disease. China's navy hospital ship The Peace Ark, which was visiting Chittagong, Bangladesh at that time, sent doctors to the local hospital immediately after receiving a call for help. The doctors performed an intense C-section to ensure the safety of the mother and the baby.
To express his gratitude, the father named her “Chin”, which means “China” in Bengali.
Chin wrote a letter to Chinese President Xi recently, expressing her gratitude to China and her willingness to become a friendship messenger between China and Bangladesh. She said she wishes to study at a medical school in China so as to save lives.
President Xi noted that since ancient times, the Chinese and Bangladeshi peoples have been close neighbors and good friends.
The friendly exchanges date back over a thousand years. Chin's story is a very touching one of friendship between China and Bangladesh, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
President Xi expressed the hope that Chin will make the best use of her youthful years and study hard to make her dreams come true. By then, she will be able to give back to her family, contribute to society and serve her country.
President Xi said that Chin is very welcome to visit China as often as she wants to broaden her horizon and make new friends. He hoped that her actions will inspire more people to dedicate to China-Bangladesh friendship and to work together for a brighter future of China-Bangladesh relations.