XINHUA: Backgounder: Cuba, China work for better future
- Backgounder: Cuba, China work for better future
HAVANA, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo will
begin on Tuesday an official visit to Cuba, to further promote the
growing exchanges between the two countries.
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's
Congress (NPC), the legislature of China, is leading a delegation to
Havana, the first stop of his 12-day tour, which also includes
Bahamas and the United States.
Wu was invited to Cuba by Ricardo Alarcon, president of the National
Assembly of the People's Power of Cuba.
This will be the first visit of a high-level Chinese legislative
delegation to Cuba after the one made in January 2007 by then NPC
Standing Committee Vice Chairman Cheng Siwei.
The relations between Cuba and China are in their best historical
moment since the establishment of diplomatic ties 49 years ago.
Frequent reciprocal visits by high-level leaders from the two
countries have strengthened understanding and trust between both
Cuba is the first Latin American country to have set up diplomatic
ties with China. The two countries established diplomatic relations
on Sept. 28, 1960.
Currently, the Havana-Beijing ties are characterized by mutual
understanding and support on politics and growing cooperation in
economy, trade and culture, as well as close consultations on
Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Cuba in 2004 and 2008, when the
two sides signed important commercial-trade agreements.
Thanks to expanded collaboration in various fields, China has become
Cuba's second largest trading partner with the bilateral trade volume
rising to over 2.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2008 from 800 million
dollars in 2004.
China is Cuba's largest suppliers of capital goods and consumption
commodities, and Cuba exports medicines, tobacco and seafood to
When China's Sichuan province was devastated by a deadly earthquake
in May 2008, Cuba was one of the first countries to have provided aid
and sent a medical team.
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