Xi Jinping Arrives in Dhaka, Starting His State Visit to Bangladesh

On October 14, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping arrived in Dhaka, starting his state visit to the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

When Xi Jinping's special plane entered the airspace of Bangladesh, fighter jets of Bangladesh Air Force took off to escort the plane. At about 11:40 a.m. local time, the special plane arrived at the Sharjah International Airport. When Xi Jinping stepped out of the cabin door, a 21-gun salute was fired. President Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh and major cabinet ministers of the Bangladeshi government greeted Xi Jinping beside the gangway ladder, extending warm welcome to his visit. Bangladeshi children presented flowers to Xi Jinping.

Abdul Hamid held a welcoming ceremony for Xi Jinping at the airport. The two heads of state stepped on the reviewing stand. The military band played the national anthems of both China and Bangladesh. Xi Jinping, accompanied by Abdul Hamid, reviewed the guard of honor.

Xi Jinping extended his sincere greetings and best wishes to the Bangladeshi people. Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Bangladesh enjoy a long-standing traditional friendship. China-Bangladesh relations have achieved constant progress since the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries 41 years ago. The friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Bangladesh not only serve the interests of both countries and peoples, but also have made positive contributions to peace, stability and development in the region as a whole. China attaches great importance to its relations with Bangladesh and is ready to join hands with the country to lift bilateral relations and practical cooperation to a higher level. I look forward to exchanging in-depth and extensive views with Bangladeshi leaders on bilateral relationship and other issues of common concern, so as to draw up the blueprint for bilateral cooperation and jointly open up a new chapter for bilateral relations.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and other delegation members arrived by the same plane.

H.E. Ma Mingqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh greeted them at the airport as well.

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