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“In­ter­na­tional hos­tile forces are in­ten­si­fy­ing the strate­gic plot of west­ern­iz­ing and di­vid­ing China and ide­o­log­i­cal and cul­tural fields are the fo­cal ar­eas of their long-term in­fil­tra­tion.” Hu Jin­tao Pres­i­dent of China “The po­si­tion and the role of Bangladesh in the pro­tec­tion of peace and fra­ter­nity are ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing South Asia and in the United Na­tions.” Sheikh Hasina Prime Min­is­ter of Bangladesh “To build our econ­omy we need for­eign in­vest­ments and we need to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in which for­eign­ers can in­vest. We can’t achieve de­vel­op­ment by go­ing back­wards to the Stone Age or be­ing ig­no­rant.” Mo­hammed Nasheed Pres­i­dent of the Mal­dives “The United States is in­vest­ing in a long-term strate­gic part­ner­ship with In­dia to sup­port its abil­ity to serve as a re­gional eco­nomic an­chor and provider of se­cu­rity in the broader In­dian Ocean re­gion.” Barack Obama Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica “The present demo­cratic gov­ern­ment also be­lieves in pur­su­ing the model of ne­go­ti­a­tions for last­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.” Asif Ali Zar­dari Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan “We want Pak­istan to have an in­de­pen­dent pol­icy to­wards Afghanistan. It should not look at Afghanistan based on its re­la­tions with In­dia and Amer­ica. Pak­istan should ap­proach us as its neigh­bor.” Hamid Karzai Pres­i­dent of Afghanistan “We couldn’t just take tra­di­tional sup­port to meet all our eco­nomic ex­pec­ta­tions so we de­pend on China. This should not be seen as a threat to South Asia com­ing out of Sri Lanka.” Ro­hith Bo­gol­lagama For­mer Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Sri Lanka “In­dia may have the sec­ond-fastest growth rate but we have largest num­ber of un­der-nour­ished chil­dren in world.” Amartya Sen No­bel prize-win­ning econ­o­mist

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