West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has chosen China as her second foreign destination to woo investors for the state.
According to sources, Mamata will be visiting the dragon nation in the first week of June. "Our party has got an invitation from the Chinese Communist Party. I have been invited several times. China is interested in investing in Bengal. We may visit the country for a few days in June", Banerjee told journalists after arriving in Kolkata from New Delhi this evening.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Earlier in February, China had extended a formal invitation to Banerjee to visit the country in order to boost economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.
- The Chinese Consul-general in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu had invited the chief minister for a visit to Jiangsu and Yunan provinces.
- A massive Chinese business delegation attended the annual Bengal Global Business Summit organised by the state government in Kolkata this year.
- Bengal has always had historic ties with China, given that a large expat Chinese community, which fled the country during Mao Zedong's cultural revolution, still resides in Kolkata.
- China has also shared close relations with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which has ruled the state for more than three decades.
- In fact, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury met Chinese Premier Xi Jinping in Beijing while attending the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) organised by the Communist Party of China in 2015.
- Earlier in 2006, Yechury led a CPI-M delegation to the neighbouring country to hold discussions with the Communist Party there.