Japan's Shinzo Abe arrives in Bangladesh on a two-day trip - the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to the South Asian country in 14 years. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew to Bangladesh on Saturday (September 6) for a two-stop tour of South Asia as the globe-trotting leader asserts Tokyo's interest in a region where it has ceded influence to China. Abe was welcomed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and inspected a guard of honour after his arrival at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal Aiport. Abe becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit Bangladesh in 14 years. His visit comes three months after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Tokyo. Abe's return visit should bring progress on Japan's commitment to invest 600 billion yen ($5.7 billion) in the region over the next four to five years. The Japanese premier pre-empts the South Asian visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who travels to India and Sri Lanka later this month. Asian great-power diplomacy has stirred to life since the rise to power of Indian nationalist Narendra Modi, who announced his intent to play an active role on the world stage by inviting regional leaders to his inauguration in May. Abe comes to India's backyard after hosting Modi for summit talks in Tokyo that yielded a Japanese pledge to invest $34 billion in India and launched a "special, strategic global partnership" to deepen security cooperation. Abe's next stop is in Sri Lanka - he arrives in Colombo on Sunday (September 7) to boost bilateral ties with the South Asian island nation.