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Xi Jinping Visits Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro of Cuba

2014/07/23

On July 22, 2014, President Xi Jinping kindly visited the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro of Cuba in Havana.

Xi Jinping came to the residence of Fidel Castro, and the two people exchanged views on the China-Cuba relations, the international situation and other issues of common concern in an intimate and friendly atmosphere.

Xi Jinping said, I am very glad to meet with you again, your honored Comrade Fidel. When I visited Cuba in 2011, I called on you and we had a long-time conversation. Today, seeing you hale and vigorous, I feel very pleased. You are the founder of the cause of Cuban revolution and construction, and also the founder of the China-Cuba relationship. You are admired deeply by the Cuban people and have also earned respect from the Chinese people. We will not forget the significant contributions you have made to the development of the bilateral relations.

Xi Jinping stressed, the purpose of my current visit to Cuba is to inherit and carry forward the China-Cuba traditional friendship jointly established by Comrade Fidel and the older generations of Chinese leaders, so as to inject new impetus into the bilateral friendly and cooperative relations. Xi Jinping also briefed on the visit to Latin America and his attendance of the BRICS Summit and the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit.

Fidel Castro welcomed Xi Jinping's visit to Cuba. He said that he cherishes the memory of friendly exchanges with China, and believes that the Cuba-China relations will yield more fruitful results under the leadership of President Xi Jinping and the Cuban leaders. Fidel Castro expressed that the international pattern is now undergoing profound changes, and the group rise of emerging market countries and numerous developing countries exerts significant and far-reaching influence over the world. China is a great country, and China's development will definitely play an important role in promoting the world peace and development. He is paying close attention to the current visit of President Xi Jinping to Latin America and is glad to see the BRICS Summit and the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit convene successfully and yield important and positive achievements. This will vigorously strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among developing countries, and promote the reform of the international governance system. He believes that the cooperation among the BRICS countries will be deepened continuously and wishes that the Latin America-China relations will make greater progress.

Fidel Castro invited Xi Jinping to visit the courtyard and the farm. Seeing the seeds of moringa oleifera and mulberry presented by China have grown into trees with luxuriant foliage, both people were very happy. Fidel Castro told Xi Jinping that the cultivation of moringa oleifera and mulberry is being promoted in Cuba, which helps to solve the problems of grain supply and livestock feed. Xi Jinping said that I have specially brought more seeds of moringa oleifera and mulberry this time and hope they will thrive and become a new manifestation of the China-Cuba friendship. This April, the China-Cuba moringa oleifera science and technology cooperation center was established in China's Yunnan Province, and today the China-Cuba moringa oleifera science and technology cooperation center is unveiled in Havana. China is willing to enhance agricultural cooperation with Cuba to jointly improve this sector and safeguard grain security.

At parting, Xi Jinping said to Fidel Castro that your 88th birthday is coming in a few days and I wish you a long, healthy and happy life. Fidel Castro asked Xi Jinping to convey his good wishes to the Chinese people, wishing China prosperity and strength and the Chinese people happiness and wellbeing.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the above events.

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