China, Cuba deepen core interests

28 Nov, 2022 - 00:11 0 Views
China, Cuba deepen core interests President Xi Jinping

The Herald

BEIJING – President Xi Jinping held talks on Friday with Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and Cuban president, at the Great Hall of the People during his state visit to China.

President Xi pointed out that President Diaz-Canel is the first head of state from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to visit China after the 20th CPC National Congress, and it speaks volumes about the special and friendly relations between the two parties and two countries.

“Cuba was the first country in the Western hemisphere to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, and China-Cuba relations have become an example of solidarity and cooperation between socialist countries and sincere mutual assistance between developing countries,” President Xi said.

China is ready to work with Cuba to deepen political mutual trust, expand practical cooperation, firmly support each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests, strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, move forward together in building socialism with national characteristics, and continuously deepen China-Cuba relations in the new era, President Xi said.

President Xi expounded on the key outcomes of the 20th CPC National Congress. He stressed that the CPC is leading the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in a concerted effort to advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernisation.

He said sustained efforts will be made to uphold and strengthen the Party’s overall leadership, follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, apply a people- centred development philosophy, continuously deepen reform and opening up, and carry forward the fighting spirit. He said it is important to develop the country and the nation with its own strength, and maintain a firm grasp on the future of China’s development and progress.

President Xi called on the CPC and the PCC to maintain close communication, make full use of such mechanisms as the theoretical seminar between the two parties, strengthen exchange and mutual learning, and work together to promote innovation in socialist theories and progress in the practice, open a new frontier in adapting Marxism to national contexts and the needs of the times, and build socialism that fits their respective national conditions.

President Xi stressed that China and Cuba are good friends who trust each other, good comrades committed to the same cause, and good brothers sharing weal and woe. The traditional friendship between the two countries has been forged and nurtured with great care by the elder generations of Chinese and Cuban leaders.

He said that over the 62 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, despite the constantly changing international situation, China and Cuba have remained steadfast in deepening their friendship featuring sincerity and trust, in pursuing mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation, and in working together as partners in the cause of reform and development.

President Xi said China always views and develops the relations between the two parties and two countries from a strategic height, and places China-Cuba relations in a special position in its diplomacy.

“However, the international situation may evolve, China’s policy of upholding long-term friendship with Cuba will not change, its determination to support Cuba in following the path of socialism will not change, and its resolve to work with Cuba to defend international fairness and justice and oppose hegemony and power politics will not change,” the Chinese president said. – Xinhua.

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