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PM leaves for Beijing on four-day bilateral visit

PM leaves for Beijing on four-day bilateral visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (Jul 8) left Dhaka for Beijing on a four-day bilateral visit at invitation of her Chinese counterpart. The visit is believed to elevate the relations between Bangladesh and China to "comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership" from "strategic partnership". A special flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the PM and her entourage members, departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:05 a.m. The flight is scheduled to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the afternoon (Beijing time), local media reported.

During her stay in Beijing from Jul 8 to 11, the Bangladesh PM will have a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping alongside a delegation level bilateral meeting with her Chinese Counterpart Li Qiang on Jul 10. Bangladesh and China are likely to sign 20 to 22 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during the premier's four-day visit.

"The MoUs on cooperation in the economic and banking sector, trade and investment, digital economy, infrastructure development, assistance in disaster management, construction of 6th and 9th Bangladesh-China friendship bridges, export of agricultural products from Bangladesh and people to people connectivity are likely to be signed," Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said on Sunday (Jul 7) at a curtain raiser press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka. During the visit, Hasan said inauguration of a number of projects of the two countries will also be announced.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Bangladesh in October, 2016 when the relationship between the two countries had reached a strategic partnership.

Sheikh Hasina last visited Beijing in July, 2019. She also visited China on multiple prior occasions.

The two countries would celebrate the golden jubilee of the diplomatic relations next year.

This visit of the Bangladesh premier to China is going to take place within 15 days after her last visit to India from Jun 21 to 22.

On Jul 9, the second day of Sheikh Hasina's visit to China, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun will pay a courtesy call on her at the Meeting Room, of her Place of Residence. Afterwards, the prime minister will join a summit on Trade, Business and Investment Opportunities between Bangladesh and China at the China World Summit Wing, Shangri-La Circle, Beijing, China.

In the afternoon, a meeting is scheduled to be held between the Bangladesh premier and the Consultative Party president at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. The PM will later place a wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square. In the evening, she will attend a dinner hosted in her honour by Ambassador of Bangladesh to China at Bangladesh House in Beijing.

On Jul 10, a delegation level bilateral meeting led by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Premier of the State Council of China Li Qiang will be held at the Great Hall of the People where numerous documents that include Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) will be signed in presence of them. She will later attend a welcome banquet (lunch) in honour of her hosted by the premier of the State Council of China at the same venue.

In the afternoon on Jul 10, the Bangladesh PM will pay a call on Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.

Concluding the visit to China, Sheikh Hasina will depart from Beijing Capital International Airport for home on Jul 11 by a special flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The flight is scheduled to land at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka on the same day.