China opens visas for Bangladeshi students

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After nearly two and a half years, the Chinese government has opened up visas for Bangladeshi students pursuing higher education in the Asian country.

Visa procedures will start in the next two to three days, according to the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh.

The development comes on Sunday, after a bilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

China and Bangladesh signed bilateral instruments in the presence of Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday August 7, 2022

During the meeting, Wang said that all Bangladeshi students “must return to the Chinese campus starting today. Visas will be issued as soon as possible,” said Hualong Yan, Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy.

Over 5,000 Bangladeshi students studying in China had to return home in February 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They were unable to return as visas remained suspended during this period.

Stuck in Bangladesh for more than two years, they have written to the Foreign Ministry, asking for measures for their return.

On June 20, China’s Ambassador to Bangladesh, Li Jiming, in a video note posted on the mission’s Facebook page, said, “China has started allowing foreign students to return to the country, and Bangladesh is in the first batch.

“The pandemic in both China and Bangladesh appears to be under control, which is good news for both of our countries.”

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