Cuba and China”s Presidents to Hold Official Talks

Havana, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba”s President Raul Castro and China”s Xi Jinping will hold official talks in this capital today, and attend the signing of several accords between both nations.

Previously, the Cuban president will receive his Chinese peer during a welcoming ceremony at this capital’s Palace of the Revolution.

Before the welcoming, Xi will lay a wreath at the monument erected to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Revolution Square in this capital.

Xi will be awarded with the Jose Marti Order, Cuba’s highest decoration, in recognition of his personal legacy in developing bilateral relations, and the importance this Caribbean nation attaches to ties with the Asian country.

Cuba was the first Latin American country in establishing diplomatic relations with China, on September 28, 1960, ties that are currently excellent, especially at the political level between both governments and communist parties, official data state.

Not only Havana, but also Beijing has expressed their willingness to continue developing full and comprehensively bilateral ties.

China is Cuba’s second trade partner and important financing source for joint businesses in many spheres, among them biotechnology, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and renewable energies.

The Chinese president arrived in yesterday night at this capital’s Jose Marti International Airport, and was welcomed by First Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, and members of the Chinese diplomatic mission in this Caribbean nation.

This is the last stop of his second tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, which also included Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela.

Xi’s first tour of Latin America was in June 2013, when he visited Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico.