Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to visit China for the first time. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be on a nine-day visit to China from June 22 at the invitation of the Chinese government, the Consul General of China in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu, said.
Banerjee’s visit was reportedly not cleared by the ministry of external affairs in last few years, however, this time the chief minister’s office has adequate clearance from the centre, said sources. She would visit three Chinese cities — Beijing, Shanghai and Jinan– during her stay, he said.
The chief minister and her delegation would also meet CEOs and several business people of China, Zhanwu said. The details of the visit are being worked out by the Chinese government and the Ministry of External Affairs, he said.
Adding that Banerjee will be visiting China on the invite extended by the Government of People’s Republic of China, Ma Zhanwu said that Bengal chief minister will be on a nine-day trip to China . She will leave for Beijing on June 22.
According to sources in the government, Banerjee will meet several business chambers and groups in both the cities. Of late, there has been an increased interaction between Beijing and the social life in eastern India.
Several exchange programmes between these two regions are taking place. Early this year, Ma Zhanwu said in a programme that he was looking at 2018 to be a year of ‘many high level (diplomatic ) exchanges” between the two countries and with the visits by top political leaders, his predictions appear to be true.
The mayor of Kunming would visit Beijing to meet Banerjee and the state leader of Beijing would also call upon her, he told reporters here.
For the past three years, a large number of business delegations from China have been coming to Bengal to explore investment opportunities in manufacturing, food processing, agricultural equipment and fertilisers.