Cuban president meets Chinese premier to consolidate bilateral ties

Cuban president meets Chinese premier to consolidate bilateral ties 

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (R) talks to Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) after his arrival at the international airport of Havana, Cuba, Sep. 24, 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/Ernesto Mastrascusa

Beijing, Nov 8 (efe-epa).- The president of Cuba continued Thursday his three-day visit to China with a meeting in Beijing with the Chinese premier with the aim of consolidating bilateral ties.

During the meeting, Miguel Diaz-Canel told Li Keqiang he wished for the new generations of Chinese and Cubans to continue to consolidate ties between their countries, according to a tweet by the Cuban foreign ministry.

Earlier, Diaz-Canel met with the chairman of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, Li Zhanshu, and expressed his respect, admiration and love for the people of China.

The Cuban president was scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later in the day before concluding his visit.

Diaz-Canel began his official trip to China on Tuesday with a visit to the International Import Expo at Shanghai, and on Wednesday he met with Vice Premier Wang Yang.

In 1960, Cuba became the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, which formally came into being in 1949.

China has traditionally supported Cuba in international forums such as the United Nations, where it has called for the lifting of the United States’ embargo against the Caribbean country.

In 2017, trade exchange between the two nations was valued at around $2 billion.