The People’s Republic of China’s Defence Minister Chang Wanquan is due to arrive on 28 May, 2016 on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.
It is the first visit by a Chinese defence minister to Bangladesh in 8 years. Mr Wanquan shall be accompanied by a 15-member strong delegation consisting of senior Chinese defence officials.
Beijing is expected to sign a raft of agreements with Dhaka regarding military cooperation, training and capacity building of the Bangladesh armed forces.
Defence Minister Chang Wanquan is expected to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and all three armed forces chiefs during his visit to Bangladesh.
China is Bangladesh’s largest defence hardware supplier having provided everything from aircraft to naval weapons. The impending visit is likely to boost defence cooperation between Dhaka and Beijing further, particularly in the way of Chinese arms exports and transfer of military technology.
The Bangladesh Ordnance Factories, Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory, Khulna Shipyard, Dockyard Engineering Works and Bangabandhu Aeronatucal Complex are simultaneously undertaking various projects with technical assistance from the Chinese military industrial complex. Projects include munitions, weapons, warships and military vehicles.