Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Bangladesh visit in late-October 2016 was seen with enormous hopes and expectations from not just Bangladeshi side, but from China’s end as well.
More than 25 (twenty-five) agreements and MoUs were signed during the landmark visit, including agreements and MoUs related to counter-terrorism cooperation, infrastructure development, energy cooperation, climate change, power and renewable energy cooperation, and cooperation on information technology. At the PM Office, the two state premiers have jointly unveiled 6 (six) projects, including the project of multi-lane tunnel beneath the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong.
One of the two sparkling parts of the visit was the upgradation of the Sino-Bangladesh relations into the “strategic” level, i.e. strategic partnership. The other sparkling part was the signing of approximately 24 (twenty-four) billion dollars worth deals, making it the biggest ever assistance pledged to Bangladesh by any single country. A large part of this assistance is pledged for infrastructural development of Bangladesh.