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PM to return home today

Published : 05 Jul 2019 08:23 PM | Updated : 25 Aug 2020 11:39 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return home today wrapping up a five-day bilateral official visit to China at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. A VVIP fight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG-1723) carrying the premier and her entourage is scheduled to depart the Beijing Capital International Airport around 11am (local time) and expected to reach Dhaka at 1:45 pm Bangladesh time, reports BSS.

During the tour, Sheikh Hasina held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and joined the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions in the city of Dalian and a panel discussion titled ‘Cooperation in the Pacific Rim’. Following the meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Beijing assured Bangladesh that it would try to persuade Myanmar to take back its Rohingya nationals.

The Chinese premier agreed with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on resolving the protracted crisis quickly, saying, and “There is no doubt that it’s a big problem for Bangladesh”. Li Keqiang, however, stressed the need for solving the crisis bilaterally, and assured that China will help end the crisis. During the call on with Sheikh Hasina, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Minister for International Affairs Song Tao also assured that their sole governing party would contact with Myanmar State Cuncillor Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders there to resolve the crisis.

Bangladesh and China signed nine instruments in different sectors ranging from aid for the Rohingyas and economic and technical cooperation, investment, power, culture and tourism after the two premiers talks on June 4. Of the nine instruments – five are agreements, three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and a document – while ministers and officials concerned of the two countries signed the documents in presence of the two leaders.

Under the first agreement titled “Letter of Exchange (LoC) on the Rohingya Refugees Rice Aid”, China will provide 2,500 tonnes of rice to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar. Other instruments are: Framework Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area; Framework Agreement of Power Grid Network Strengthening Project under PGCB Project; Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between Bangladesh and China; Government Concessional Loan Agreement of Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project; and Preferential Buyer’s Credit Loan Agreement of

Expansion and Strengthening of Power System Network under DPDC Area Project.The three MoUs were on the Establishment of Investment Cooperation Working Group and its Implementation Plan on hydrological information sharing of Yalu Zhangbo/Brahmaputra River and Cultural Exchange and Tourism Program

Sheikh Hasina met the WEF founders and executive chairman on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony and held a roundtable with the CEOs of different Chinese companies. She also attended a reception conferred on him by the expatriate Bangladeshis in China and paid rich tributes to the heroes of Chinese revolution by placing a wreath at the Heroes Memorial in Tiananmen Square on Friday afternoon. The prime minister earlier left Dhaka for China on a five-day bilateral official visit on July 1.