Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning on a historic state visit to help usher in a new era in Dhaka-Beijing relations.
President Abdul Hamid received his Chinese counterpart on his arrival at the VVIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport 12.03 pm amid a booming 21-gun salute.
A special VVIP flight of Air China carrying the Chinese President landed here at 11:36 am. He was earlier escorted by an Air Force jet in Bangladesh sky.
A red carpet was also rolled out to receive Xi Jinping.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, the chiefs of the three services and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam were present at the presentation line.
Xi Jinping moved to the saluting dais accompanied by his Bangladesh counterpart, and received guard of honor and inspected the guard.
The Chinese President’s landmark visit is expected to steer a ‘historic new journey’ towards opening up a ‘new horizon’ in relations between the two countries.
A 13-member high power delegation including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng, Governor of the People’s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan, accompanied the Chinese President.
From the airport, President Xi has been escorted to his place of residence - Hotel Le Meridien - in a ceremonial motorcade.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Chinese President will have a tete-a-tete at Shimul of the Prime Minister’s Office from 3pm to 3:10pm, while the official talks between Xi and Hasina will be held at Chameli from 3:10pm to 4pm.
They will witness the signing of MoUs and agreements which will be held at Karobi soon after the official talks. There will be a press statement after the signing ceremony.
The Chinese President will sign visitors’ book there before returning to his place of residence.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will meet the Chinese President at Rangamati Room of the hotel at 4:35 pm.
After the meeting, President Xi will head towards Bangabhaban and meet his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid at 6:30pm.
The Chinese President will attend a banquet preceded by cultural programme to be hosted by Hamid at Darbar Hall from 7pm-8:30pm.
On Saturday, the Chinese President will leave hotel for National Martyrs Memorial at 8:20pm, according to a news agency.