chinese foreign minister: Bangladesh snub compels China foreign minister Wang Yi to change visit dates

Bangladesh has turned down China with the Sheikh Hasina government forcing Foreign Minister Wang Yi to change the dates of his visit to Dhaka in August.

In an unusual diplomatic move, Beijing announced Wang’s visit to Dhaka in early August without consulting the Bangladesh government. The dates of the visit have now been tentatively set around August 7-8 after consultation, ET has learned. Earlier, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had unilaterally announced different dates for Wang’s visit.

This is China’s first high-level visit to Dhaka in the past five years, despite the growth of trade ties and the increase in Chinese investment in Bangladesh across all sectors.

“Yes, the Chinese foreign minister wants to visit Dhaka. But since I will be on a pre-scheduled visit to New York and Cambodia, I have asked them (China) to change the date of his visit,” AK Abdul, the minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. Momen told reporters in Dhaka on Friday that Wang Yi will visit Bangladesh as part of his regional tour to a number of Asean countries, including Cambodia and Mongolia.

Wang last visited Dhaka in November 2017. Diplomatic sources in Dhaka stated that Beijing was interested in discussing political and economic crises in addition to strategic cooperation between the countries.

A number of pending issues between the two countries are likely to be addressed during the Chinese minister’s tour of Bangladesh. These include the renewal of a number of memoranda of understanding related to disaster preparedness, cultural cooperation and the handover of the 8th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge over the Kocha River in Pirojpur to the Bangladesh authorities. The 2.96 km long bridge was built with Chinese funds.

The Global Security Initiative and Global Development Initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping could be discussed during the visit.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who also planned to visit Dhaka, has postponed her trip.

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