Chinese FM arrives in Dhaka
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Dhaka yesterday evening on a two-day visit, expecting to elevate the relationship with Bangladesh to a new level.
"We highly value our relationship with Bangladesh. We hope the visit will provide an opportunity to further implement the common understandings between the leaders of the two countries, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and elevate the relationship to a new level," Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, said ahead of the visit.
Wang Yi will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen today.
"They will have an exchange of views on bilateral relations, and international and regional issues of shared interest," she said.
Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque received the Chinese foreign minister upon his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 5:120pm.
Masud Bin Momen, foreign secretary, and Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, were also present.
From the airport, Wang went to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi Road 32 and paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Md Shahriar Alam, state minister for foreign affairs, received the Chinese minister there.
Obaidul Quader, minister for road transport and bridges and also the general secretary of the ruling party, hosted a dinner in honour of the Chinese foreign minister in the evening.
International relations analysts said China is likely to deepen engagement with Bangladesh, especially when the global geopolitical polarisation is sharpening.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week has further angered China, prompting it to conduct military exercise in the Taiwan Straits.
Bangladesh will make a strong point on the repatriation of the Rohingyas.
The country will also focus on trade and investment.
Bangladesh imports nearly $13 billion worth products from China, but its exports to China is below a billion.
Foreign ministry officials said Bangladesh will seek duty-free facilities for 100 percent products for their export to China.
Abdur Razzaque said Bangladesh can also get agriculture technology from China.