Chinese president’s Dhaka visit to boost ties: Envoy, The Financial Express, 3 October 2016


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s forthcoming Dhaka visit will take Bangladesh-China relations to a new height, said Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Ma Mingqiang on Monday.

A number of bilateral documents will be signed during the crucial visit, Ma Mingqiang said maintaining that things are yet to be finalised. He was responding to queries at a seminar at a Dhaka hotel, reports UNB.

The Chinese diplomat reiterated that China will be glad to be partner of any projects in Bangladesh, including deep seaport project, if those benefit Bangladesh and also China.

A Chinese advance delegation has already visited Bangladesh and discussed various aspects of the forthcoming visit of Xi Jinping, including security aspects.

The Chinese President is scheduled to arrive here on the morning of October 14 on a two-day State visit.

During the visit, the Chinese President will have bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He will also meet President Abdul Hamid apart from other engagements.

The Chinese President may announce a package involving several billion dollars for the next couple of years for Bangladesh development projects, diplomatic sources here said.

After the Dhaka visit, the Chinese President will leave for India to attend the BRICS Summit which will be held in Goa, India on October15-16.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also attend the outreach meeting there at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. –RH