8 deals likely during PM’s China visit

Rohingya return a major focus: FM

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 20:24, Jun 28,2019 | Updated: 23:54, Jun 28,2019


Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen addresses a press conference at the foreign ministry on Friday. — Focusbangla photo

Bangladesh and China are likely to sign at least eight agreements and memorandums of understanding on matters including power sector cooperation during prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the country this week.

She is expected to seek Chinese support for repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingya people to Myanmar in a sustainable manner by ensuring safety, dignity and rights for them, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said at a press conference in Dhaka on Friday.

The deals expected to be signed during the visit are: a framework agreement on expansion and strengthening of power system network under Dhaka Power Distribution Company area, a concessional loan agreement for expansion and strengthening of power system network under DPDC area project, a framework agreement on power grid network strengthening project under Power Grid Company of Bangladesh project, an agreement on economic and technical cooperation between the two countries, a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of investment cooperation working group and a memorandum of understanding on cultural exchange and tourism programme.

The two counties would also sign a memorandum and its implementation plan for renewal of hydrological information sharing of Yarlung Zangbo [Yalu Zangbu] River which is the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River flowing through India and Bangladesh. The arrangement was first made in 2005.  

Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for China on Monday evening on a five-day official visit at the invitation of the Chinese government and World Economic Forum.

She will join the 2019 Summer Davos meeting to be held in northeast China’s coastal city of Dalian, with globalisation in the spotlight and hosted by the World Economic Forum.

She will hold bilateral talks with Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Thursday and will call on Chinese president Xi Jinping on Friday. Both Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang will host separate banquet for the Bangladesh prime minister.

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