State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived here on Saturday afternoon to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues with Bangladesh leadership with a hope to “elevate” the relationship with Bangladesh to a “new level”.
Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque received the Chinese Foreign Minister upon his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 5:18 pm, a senior official told UNB.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming were present at the airport.
From the airport, Minister Wang went to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 and paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He signed visitors’ book there.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam received the Chinese Foreign Minister at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was supposed to host a dinner in honour of the Chinese Foreign Minister on Saturday evening but it could not be held due to changes in Chinese FM’s schedule.
“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,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying.
She said they “highly value” their relationship with Bangladesh and the Chinese Foreign Minister is visiting Bangladesh at the invitation of Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.
Minister Wang is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday morning apart from holding a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Momen the same day.
The meeting between Foreign Minister Momen and his Chinese counterpart Wang is scheduled to begin at 7:30am (beginning with breakfast) at Sonargaon Hotel.
“They will have an exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of shared interest,” said Chinese Spokesperson Chunying.
Bangladesh will likely deepen both its economic links with China and its security links with India in the long term in order to avoid becoming a full client state of either, according to geopolitical risk analysis site - Foreign Brief.