Prime Minister of Bangladesh sought Chinese government’s’ cooperation in having easy access of Bangladeshi products to its market aimed at reducing the huge trade gap between the two countries.
The Prime Minister sought the Chinese cooperation when she held a meeting with deputy Prime Minister of China Wang Yang at the Kunming International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
Terming China a time-tested friend of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister lauded the progress and development which China achieved in recent years, and said the neighboring countries need the share of the progress.
Stressing the need for regional connectivity among the countries in South Asia and China, Sheikh Hasina underscored the need for implementation of the BCIM-EC initiatives for boosting economic cooperation in the region.
During the meeting, the Chinese vice premier mentioned that the existing trade gap between the two countries could be reduced through bilateral discussions.
Wang Yang highly appreciated Bangladesh’s one China Policy saying his country is very pleased over Bangladesh’s approach in this regard as well as on the stance of Dhaka towards regional connectivity.
He also lauded progress and development which Bangladesh achieved over last couple of years and said, China wants to be a partner in this regard. Wang Yang told Hasina that China wants to relocate its industries in Bangladesh if proper sites are available for such an initiative.
In reply, the Bangladesh Prime Minister said a special economic and industrial zone will be established in Chittagong for China, and her government would provide necessary lands for the purpose.
In this connection, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh can import part of the gas which China is going to import from neighbouring Myanmar through Kunming and it would be used at the proposed Special economic zone in Bangladesh.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) at 11:25am (local time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to China Azizul Haque and Yunnan Province Vice Governor Mme. Li Jiang received the Prime Minister at Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG). The Prime Minister was also presented a bouquet at the airport.
From the airport, Hasina was taken to Green Lake Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her visit in Kunming from where she will later go to Beijing.
Earlier, the VVIP flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:35 am (BST) for Kunming. Ministers and high civil and military officials saw the Prime Minister off at the airport.
The Prime Minister will deliver her keynote speech at the China-South Asia Business Forum today. On Sunday, she will leave Kunming for Beijing. The Prime Minister will place wreaths at the monument of the People’s Heroes.
The following day, Sheikh Hasina will deliver her keynote speech at China Institute of International Studies. In the afternoon, she will hold official talks with Chinese premier Li Keqiang which will be followed by a signing ceremony. In the evening, she will attend a banquet to be hosted by her Chinese counterpart.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will deliver another keynote speech at the Bangladesh China Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng.