Dhaka all set to welcome Xi Jinping

Dhaka, Oct 13 (IANS) Bangladesh capital Dhaka is ready to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the country in 30 years, the media reported on Thursday.

The President is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on October 14 for a two-day visit, amid high hopes to take the bilateral relations to a new height and explore the full potential of economic and trade ties between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported.

Dhaka is all set to roll out a red carpet welcome to Xi on his visit, which will focus on connectivity and mega infrastructure development projects, along with signing of a number of instruments and bilateral deals.

The capital city has already been decorated in honour of the Chinese leader, with banners and placards welcoming the visiting dignitary.

Posters with pictures of President Xi Jinping and Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have been put up all across major streets and junctions in the city.

Posters reading “Heartiest welcome to his excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, President of China” and “Long Live Bangladesh-China Friendship” have also been put up along the 14-km stretch from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to the main city.

Security across the city has been tightened as gun-totting personnel are seen in all the prominent areas.

After Bangladesh, Xi will travel to India to attend the eighth BRICS Summit on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation. He will return to Beijing on October 17.

–IANS

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