West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called off her 9-day visit to China just hours before she was scheduled to depart. The chief minister tweeted that the decision was due to no confirmation of political meetings by the Chinese side.
The West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra called a press conference and said that it was unfortunate that Chinese couldn’t confirm the political meetings at the appropriate level.
He further said that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign secretary VK Gokhale have been apprised of the decision. Mamata was stated to visit Bejing via Singapore and stay there till 27th and then travel to Shanghai from where she was supposed to return on June 30.
In her tweet, she said that everything was as per schedule till yesterday but the Chinese side didn’t confirm the political meetings at the appropriate level as informed by Indian ambassador in China.
Mamata’s tweet read, “Although our Ambassador in China had tried his best to make the programme a success, non-confirmation of the political meetings at the appropriate level as proposed by the Indian Ambassador to China, at the last moment, has unfortunately compelled us to cancel the visit.”
Mamata Banerjee’s trip came just 2 weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country. The West Bengal CM was supposed to meet with leading industrialists and businessmen in Shanghai on June 28 to attract investment into the state.
The itinerary for the visit was kept hidden and was not being shared even by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in India.
The West Bengal CM has so far travelled to Germany, UK, Singapore and Netherlands to attract business investment in West Bengal. Banerjee had recently been to Italy for attending the canonization of Mother Teresa.