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  • Walter Lippmann
    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,
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      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
      sides.

      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
      international affairs.

      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
      China.

      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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      WALTER LIPPMANN
      Los Angeles, California
      Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
      "Cuba - Un ParaĆ­so bajo el bloqueo"
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