Kolkata: Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said that it was technicalproblems on Chinese side that had resulted in the cancellation of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s trip to China in June. He added that the Chinese Consulate is working on a new date and expressed his optimism that in the coming months, Banerjee should be visiting China. On being questioned about Mamata Banerjee’s chances of visiting China again, Zhanwu, on the sidelines of a Press conference in the city, said: “It was technical problems on the Chinese part. The honourable Chief Minister’s meeting with our provincial leaders could not be fixed, which resulted in the cancellation of her trip. We are working on the new dates and we are hopeful that in the coming months or the beginning of next year, her visit to China will be a reality.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of the Consulate said that a delegation had held a meeting with the Chief Minister’s office at Nabanna in this regard last month. It may be mentioned that Banerjee was scheduled to leave for China on June 22 but cancelled her trip barely hours before her flight to Beijing was scheduled to depart. The Chief Minister was supposed to head a delegation to China, following recommendations of the Union minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, under the Exchange Programme of the government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China. According to the state government, the Chief Minister’s cancellation of the tour was prompted by the inability of the Chinese side to confirm political meetings at an appropriate level as informed by the Indian Ambassador in China. The matter was immediately informed to the Union minister of External Affairs as her tour was under the Exchange Programme of the Union government.