Which is in the Prime Minister’s visit to China

Bangladesh-China bilateral relations started even before independence with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic visit to China in 1952. At that time Bangabandhu met the then Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung. China recognized Bangladesh in 1975, following which the two countries have been cooperating.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is visiting China from July 8 to 11 at the invitation of Premier of the State Council of China Li Qiang. His first visit to China after forming the government for the fourth consecutive term is quite significant.

Sources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that during the visit, economic and banking sectors, trade and investment, digital economy, infrastructural development, assistance in disaster management etc., construction of sixth and ninth Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge, export of agricultural products from Bangladesh, disaster management, people to About 20 to 22 MoUs are likely to be signed, including on issues such as people connectivity.

During the Prime Minister’s visit to China, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser, State Minister for Commerce, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Foreign Secretary, other secretaries will accompany the government officials.

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Foreign Ministry officials say Bangladesh will seek China’s assistance in terms of investment and trade in Bangladesh, financial assistance and repatriation of Rohingya sheltered in Bangladesh during the Prime Minister’s visit. At the same time, Bangladesh will support China as a friendly country in the global context.

Those concerned say that Bangladesh exports goods worth 1 billion dollars to China and imports 13 billion dollars. Initiatives will be taken during the visit to eliminate this trade deficit. In order to meet this shortfall, non-tariff barriers to Bangladesh’s exports of agricultural products and other products to China will be lifted and their importers encouraged. It will be discussed seriously so that the Bangladeshi business delegation visiting China can connect with the importers there.

It is reported that the Prime Minister will leave Bangladesh on a special flight of Bangladesh Biman at 11:00 AM on Monday (July 8) and will land at Beijing International Airport at 6:00 PM local time on the same day. The Prime Minister will be given a guard of honor and welcome there.

On the morning of July 9, the Prime Minister will have a courtesy meeting with the President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Jean Likun. On the same day, the Prime Minister will participate in the ‘Summit on Trade, Business and Investment Opportunities between Bangladesh and China’ held at Sang-Gri-La Circle. A business delegation from Bangladesh will visit China to participate in the conference.

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At noon on that day, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Wang Haning, Chairman of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister will pay his respects at the traditional Tiananmen Square. At night, he will attend a dinner hosted by the Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing.

On the third day of the visit, the Prime Minister will meet Premier of the State Council of China Li Qiang at the Great Hall of the People on July 10. A reception was organized in honor of the Prime Minister at the beginning of the meeting. At the same place, the Prime Minister and the Premier of the State Council of China will hold a bilateral meeting with high-level delegations from the two countries.

After that, about 20 MoUs may be signed in the presence of the heads of government of the two countries and the inauguration of some projects will be announced. The meeting will be formalized in the Great Hall with a banquet in honor of the Prime Minister.

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People. Bangladesh and China will issue a joint statement on the occasion of the Prime Minister’s visit. After the visit, the Prime Minister will return home from China on a special Bangladesh Biman flight on July 11.

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In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Hasan Mahmud said that during Xi Jinping’s visit to Dhaka in 2016, the relationship between the two countries was elevated to a ‘partnership of strategic cooperation’. After winning the 12th National Assembly elections held on January 7 and being re-elected as Prime Minister, the Prime Minister was officially invited by China for an official visit. China is committed to be an important partner in Bangladesh’s infrastructural and economic development.

He said that during his visit from July 8 to 11, the Prime Minister will meet the President of China, the Premier of the State Council, the Chairman of the National Committee of CPPCC and the President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Besides, there is a possibility of signing 20 to 22 MoUs. Besides, some development projects will also be discussed.