Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned home wrapping up her five-day official visit to China where she attended the annual meeting of the World Economic Summit and held bilateral meeting with Chinese leaders.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed at Dhaka airport carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage on Saturday afternoon. Senior ministers and civil and military officials received the Prime Minister at the airport.
Hasina was given static guard of honour at the Beijing airport while Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and Bangladesh Ambassador to China M Fazlul Karim saw her off.
The Prime Minister held bilateral meetings 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 attended a panel discussion titled ‘Cooperation in the Pacific Rim’.
Hasina raised one of the burning issues with Chinese leaders that Bangladesh has been burdened with after mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in 2007 from Myanmar.
Diplomatic sources said Beijing has assured Bangladesh that it would try to persuade Myanmar to take back its Rohingya nationals.
The Chinese premier agreed with Bangladesh Prime Minister on resolving the crisis quickly, saying, “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 would help.
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 Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders there to resolve the crisis.
Signing of instruments
Bangladesh and China also signed nine instruments in different sectors including aid for the Rohingya and economic and technical cooperation, investment, power, culture and tourism after the two premiers’ talks on July 4, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangtha news agency.
Of the nine instruments – five are agreements, three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and a document – were signed by ministers and officials concerned of the two countries 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 tons of rice to the forcibly Rohingya.
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.
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
Hasina met the WEF founder and executive chairman on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of WEF annual meeting and had a roundtable with the CEOs of different Chinese companies.
She also attended a reception accorded to her 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 Tian’anmen Square.
Hasina left Dhaka for China on July 1.