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Fidel Castro on the Chinese Revolution - FIRST ENGLISH PUBLICATION

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  • Walter Lippmann
    You are in for a special treat with this message. It s the very first time Fidel Castro s speech on the 50th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution is being
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2005
      You are in for a special treat with this message. It's the very
      first time Fidel Castro's speech on the 50th anniversary of the
      Chinese Revolution is being made available in English. CubaNews
      is very proud to bring this to the English-speaking world.

      The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1, 1949.
      It was immediately subjected to an international blockade by
      disgruntled losers, which lasted for three decades. Even after
      the West decided to try a different approach to China, few must
      have imagined that China would become the fastest-growing economy
      in the world. Today, Chinese government decisions about currency,
      about trade policy and about foreign investment have international
      repercussions and are followed in the corporate capitals of the
      world with the greatest care, as well as a certain apprehension.

      When Cuba's revolution triumphed in 1959, China was under an
      economic and political blockade, isolated diplomatically and
      politically. Cuba became the first country in the hemisphere
      to recognize the PRC. Most readers today wouldn't remember in
      the United Nations, the seat for the most populous country in
      the world was occupied by Taiwan, where the defeated forces of
      Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists regrouped under US protection.
      Fidel traces some highlights of that history, and of relations
      between the two countries which readers will surely find to be
      of considerableinterest.

      China's close relations with Cuba are a source of frustration in
      Washington, which is simply in no position to tell China what to
      do when it comes to Cuba. Chinese trade and investment in Cuba,
      most recently the FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS China will invest
      in the Cuban nickel industry, in addition to the many other new
      Chinese investments on the island have made it possible for Cuba
      to beat back Washington's efforts to strangle the island in the
      aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union. On the other hand,
      many US companies make fortunes bringing high-quality and low-
      priced manufactured commodities into the United States, and so
      they want to see business with China remain and even expand.

      This speech was transcribed at the time and translated to several
      other languages, but was not translated into English until now.
      CubaNews is extremely pleased to make this available here for
      the first time.

      Thanks in particular to Ana Portela for translation and also to
      Robert Sandels whose help with revision of the translation made
      it possible to get this out in time for this anniversary. This
      was an extemporaneous speech, not the more familiar kind of a
      formal presentation which the Cuban leader more gives these days,
      and so the translation was a particularly lengthy and detailed
      effort. Ana Portela did exceptionally important work with this.

      Here are several items from the Cuban and the Chinese media
      about this anniversary published in the last few days, after
      which you'll find the link to Fidel Castro's 1999 speech.

      Walter Lippmann, CubaNews

      Beijing reception marks China-Cuba diplomatic ties

      A reception was held here Thursday to mark the 45th anniversary of
      the establishment of China-Cuba diplomatic relations.

      Cheng Siwei, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese
      National People's Congress and president of the China-Latin America
      Friendship Association, attended the reception.

      Addressing the reception, jointly hosted by the Chinese People's
      Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the
      China-Latin America Friendship Association, Li Xiaolin,
      vice-president of the CPAFFC, said Cuba was the first among the Latin
      American countries to forge diplomatic ties with China and the people
      of the two countries have enjoyed traditional friendship.

      The mutual high-level visits have increased, acknowledged Li, and
      bilateral cooperation in diverse fields has been further expanded.

      With the advancement of the relationship between the two countries,
      their non-governmental exchanges have also been strengthened, Li

      She said CPAFFC has forged long-term friendly cooperative ties with
      some of Cuba's friendly associations. Various exchanges between the
      two peoples have greatly promoted mutual understanding and

      Cuban Minister of Government Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz said Cuba has
      given unremitting and consistent support to the one-China policy and
      China's just cause of national reunification for 45 years.

      It is not only beneficial to the two peoples but also to the people
      of the Latin American and caribbean nations to step up and expand the
      existing relations of mutually beneficial cooperation, said Cabrisas.

      Source: Xinhua

      Chinese President Congratulates Fidel Castro

      Havana, Sept. 29 (AIN) Chinese President Hu Jintao and the Prime
      Minister Wen Jiabao sent a letter of congratulation to Cuban
      President Fidel Castro on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the
      establishment of official relations between the two nations.

      In the letter, the Chinese officials noted that Cuba was the first
      Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with the
      People’s Republic of China and highlighted the progress in
      cooperation achieved in different sectors, reported the Juventud
      Rebelde newspaper.

      For his part, Fidel forwarded a message of congratulation to the
      Chinese government. The letter was delivered in Beijing by the Cuban
      Minister of Government, Ricardo Cabrisas.


      Book on Cuban President Fidel Castro Presented in China
      Nancy Zamora

      Beijing, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) "Impressions of Fidel Castro",
      written by former Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Wang Chengjia, was
      presented in the Chinese capital Wednesday, in celebration of the
      45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Cuba.

      In 17 chapters, Chengjia narrates his contacts with the Cuban
      President between 1999 and 2001 when he was serving in Cuba.

      Cuban Ambassador to Beijing Alberto Rodriguez Arufe made the
      presentation in the Chinese capital and regarded it as a beautiful
      present for such a memorable date.

      The ambassador said further that Wang Chengjia was an exceptional
      witness and active participant to the fruitful exchanges between the
      Chinese and Cuban presidents and other Cuban leaders who are also
      mentioned in the book.

      Wang Chengjia said he decided to include a chapter dedicated to the
      extradition struggle by Venezuela, for terrorist Luis Posada Carriles
      from the US, after he visited Cuba this year.

      The author was decorated with the Order for Friendship by the Cuban
      State Council of the Republic of Cuba for his contribution to
      Chinese-Cuban relations.

      Cuban Government Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, Elba Rosa Perez, member
      of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Central Committee, Marcia Cobas
      and Joel Archer, vice ministers of Public Health and Transportation
      respectively, and other Cuban officials attended the presentation

      Zeng Gang, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry´s Latin America director,
      and Wang Chulin, general sub director of the Chinese Communist
      Party´s Latin American division, Xi Xiaolin, vice president of the
      Association of Friendship of the Chinese People with Foreign Peoples,
      and other Chinese notables were also present. /ccs/tac/nzp

      Fidel Castro Sends Message to the Chinese People and Government

      Once again we express our pleasure with the enormous advances
      realized by China in all fields, as well as our satisfaction with the
      strengthening and consolidation of our relationships in the most
      diverse spheres

      Havana, September 20, 2005

      Comrade Hu Jintao

      General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
      China and President of the People’s Republic of China

      Comrade Wen Jiabao

      Prime Minister of the Council of State of the People’s Republic China

      Dear comrades:

      On the occasion of commemorating the 45th anniversary of the
      establishment of diplomatic relationships between the Republic of
      Cuba and the People’s Republic of China, I am pleased to extend to
      you, to the Communist Party of China and to the people and government
      of that brotherly country our warmest and most fraternal greetings on
      behalf of the people, the Communist Party and the government of Cuba.

      With deep satisfaction we see that over these four and a half decades
      our relations have been marked by close feelings of solidarity,
      adherence to the ideals and principles of socialism, and mutual
      support each time that circumstances have required it.

      Once again we express our pleasure with the enormous advances
      realized by China in all fields, as well as our satisfaction with the
      strengthening and consolidation of our relations in the most diverse

      With fervent hopes for prosperity, progress, health and continuous
      well-being for our sister nation and for you, I renew—dear
      comrades—our warmest and most fraternal greetings.

      Fidel Castro Ruz

      First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
      Cuba and President of the Council of State and the Council of
      Ministries of the Republic of Cuba

      http://www.walterlippmann.com/fc-china.html (September 30, 1999)
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