China did not confirm Mamata Banerjee trip which she had to cancel
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was virtually snubbed by China when the Communist country failed to give an official confirmation about her trip. As a result, Mamata had to cancel her trip to China at the last minute.
Despite sending reminders, there was no confirmation about a scheduled political exchange programme from Chinese government representatives and members of Communist Party of China (CPC). The CM was scheduled to leave for an eight-day trip to China Friday night.
Mamata is a sworn enemy of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Did the CPM influence CPC in not issuing a confirmation was a matter of hushed discussion in Delhi and Kolkata.
“Till yesterday, everything was going well, but unfortunately, the Chinese side could not confirm the political meetings at an appropriate level as informed by our Ambassador to China. Our Indian Ambassador to China requested time till today 12.00 noon of our time which is 2.30 pm of China’s time for confirmation to the political meetings, as proposed by the Indian Ambassador to the Chinese authority,” a press release by the state government said.
The chief minister was scheduled to depart for Beijing at 11.50 pm Friday. Besides Beijing, she also had to visit Sanghai and interact with the industrialists there to attract investments.
State Finance Minister Amit Mitra told mediapersons that the Indian Ambassador in Beijiing has not given any confirmation either to the union external affairs ministry or the state government of details, including the date, time and schedule of the proposed political exchange programme, with Chinese government representatives and CPC leaders.
“The Chief Minister agreed to visit China following the request of union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Mamata Banerjee also said that she agreed to make the China trip in the interest of the nation. However, there has been no confirmation on this count as yet. So in absence of the political exchange programme, the trip is of no use and hence she had decided to cancel her China trip,” Mitra said.
“Although the chief minister has cancelled her trip, she has expressed wishes for the success of continuing friendship between the two countries,” added Mitra.