China To Extend Fresh Invitation To Mamata


Kolkata: A senior Chinese official in Kolkata said on Friday his country will again extend invitation to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to visit China and the dates for the proposed visit were being worked out.

Banerjee was scheduled to visit China in June but she cancelled the trip abruptly hours before starting her trip on June 22.

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She attributed the cancellation of the visit to “non-confirmation of political meetings at the appropriate level”. She was to address a meeting of CEOs of Chinese firms in Shanghai in a bid to invite them to invest in West Bengal.

Ma Zhanwu, consulate general of China in Kolkata, said Banerjee’s visit did not take place owing to “some technical reasons”.

“But we are hoping that the future visit will happen. The dates are being worked out”, Zhanwu said.