Bangladesh, China leaders laud "consensus" in closer ties

Bangladesh hailed a "new horizon" in its ties to Asian superpower China Friday as the countries' leaders announced more than two dozen deals for enhancing cooperation.

The agreements covered infrastructure development, energy and power, transportation and agriculture among others areas, officials said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is in Dhaka on a two-day visit, and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the signing of the documents after holding face-to-face talks.

Xi said the two countries would elevate their relationship to a broader strategic partnership.

“China will continue to do its best to provide capital, technological and human resources to carry out more cooperation on big projects with Bangladesh to support its economic and social development,” he said.

Prime Minister Hasina said she and Xi had reached a "consensus to work together in trade and investment and other key areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, energy and power, ICT and transportation."

The visit marked "a new horizon in the two countries' economic relations," Foreign Minister Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali said earlier.

The Chinese president arrived in Dhaka early on Friday and is staying in Dhaka for just under 24 hours, before leaving for India to attend a summit of the BRICS nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

He also met former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia.

It is the first visit to Bangladesh by a Chinese president since Li Xiannian came to Dhaka in 1986.

Similarly to the Cambodia leg of his trip Xi published an article in the local press timed to coincide with his arrival.

"I believe with the joint efforts of our two peoples, China-Bangladesh cooperation will bear even more golden fruits," Xi said in the article.

Streets in Dhaka have been decorated with the flags of Bangladesh and China alongside portraits of Xi and Sheikh Hasina.

Last update: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 16:45

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