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Xi Jinping arrives in Dhaka

Xi Jinping arrives in Dhaka

Xi Jinping arrives in Dhaka

2016-10-14 12:10:10

Staff Correspondent: Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning for a two-day visit.

The Chinese President landed at 11:36 am at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today.

With this historic 22-hour trip, bilateral relations involving trade, agriculture, connectivity, investment, power and energy, information technology, physical infrastructure and fight with climate change are expected to be augmented.

Jinping is the first Chinese president visiting Dhaka in 30 years. Earlier, another Chinese head of state visited Dhaka in March 1986.

China, in the meantime, has become the largest development partner of Bangladesh in terms of trade, investment and involvement in major infrastructure projects here.

“We’ve historic relations with China. This travel is to give existing relations an institutional shape. It will open a new era of taking the ties to a new dimension,” said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during a press briefing to announce Jinping’s official visit here.

Jinping is due to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30am. He is expected to be accompanied by some nine senior cabinet ministers.

President Abdul Hamid will accord him a rousing red-carpet reception and present him a bouquet there between 11:40am and 12:00pm.

The formal reception will be followed by a fitting guard of honour by a smartly-turned-out contingent drawn from army, navy and air forces.

Two special air-force jet fighters will also guard the chartered flight carrying Jinping from the time of entering Bangladesh’s airspace.

Meanwhile, police have ramped up extra safety to ensure Dhaka’s time-tested and trusted friend’s safe arrival and his transportation from the airport to an undisclosed place where he will stay during his visit here. Dhaka Metropolitan Police will enforce a partial restriction on roads leading to the airport to control traffic.