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Beijing rolls out red carpet for Bangladesh PM

Beijing rolls out red carpet for Bangladesh PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now on a five-day bilateral official visit to China, reached Beijing, the Chinese capital this morning, after attending inaugural ceremony of the WEF Summer Davos in Dalian, Liaoning Province.

A special chartered flight of Air China carrying the premier and her entourage members landed at Beijing Capital International Airport at 11.05 a.m. (local time). A red carpet was rolled out as the PM arrived at the airport.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qing Gang received the premier and a tiny-tot presented a bouquet of flowers to her while a smartly turned out contingent of the Chinese armed forces gave her a static guard of honour at that time.

After the reception at the airport, the PM in a ceremonial motorcade was taken to Diaoyutai State Guest House, where she will be staying during her visit to the Chinese capital, local media reported.

Earlier in the morning (local time), the PM departed from the Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport for Beijing. Vice-Mayor of the Dalian City Xiao Shengfeng saw the premier off at the airport in Dalian.

On Jul 1, the premier left Dhaka for the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province on a five-day bilateral official visit to China at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, and reached the city the next day (Jul 2).

During her stay in Dalian, the PM attended the “WEF (World Economic Forum) Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019”, also known as WEF Summer Davos and met Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF Klaus Schwab at his office and joined a panel discussion on “Cooperation in the Pacific Rim” on Jul 2.

The PM is scheduled to give an interview to the CGTN Channel, a Chinese international English-language news channel of the State-owned China Global Television Network group, part of the China Central Television, based in Beijing, and join a community reception followed by a dinner at Legendale Hotel Wangfujing, Beijing on Jul 3.

The Bangladesh premier, during her stay in Beijing, will also hold bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on July 4 and President Xi Jinping on Jul 5.

On Jul 4, Sheikh Hasina will join the welcoming ceremony and place wreaths at the heroes memorial at the Great Hall of the People in the morning. Later, she will hold bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attend the agreement signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.

The PM will also join a banquet to be hosted by the Chinese premier there.

Sheikh Hasina will attend a business roundtable with Chinese business leaders at CCPIT in the afterno on the same day.

On Jul 5, the PM is scheduled to deliver a speech at an event organized by a Chinese think tank named “Pangoal Institution” in the morning.

The CEOs of Chinese companies are expected to call on Sheikh Hasina at her place of residence and a meeting will also be held between Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina and Chairman of NPC Li Zhangshu the same day at the Great Hall of the People.

The PM will hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Diaoyutai State Guest House on Jul 5. She will also join a banquet to be hosted by the Chinese president at the same place.

Concluding her China tour, Sheikh Hasina will depart from Beijing Capital International Airport, China for Dhaka in the morning on Jul 6 and reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka in the noon on the same day.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday (Jun 29) said Rohingya crisis will be the top agenda of discussions during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s five-day official visit to China from Jul 2 to 6 when Dhaka will sign eight instruments with Beijing.

“The Rohingya issue will come up as a major topic during our Prime Minister’s visit … we do believe, after that, Beijing will take a ‘proactive role’ in resolving the crisis (Rohingya repatriation),” he told a press briefing at his ministry in Dhaka.