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Cuban President Raul Castro Visits China

Beijing, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba”s President Raul Castro began today an official visit to China, focused on strengthening bilateral relations, through the signing of some cooperation agreements.

According to reports, the Cuban head of State also expects to talk with his Chinese peer Hu Jintao and other top authorities about international and regional issues of common interest.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun congratulated the Cuban statesman after arriving in this capital, accompanied by a delegation comprised by Minister Council Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said about this visit on Monday that his country has given it great importance, while he recalled Cuba was the first Latin American State in establishing diplomatic relations with the new China in September 1960.

Raul Castro’s presence here is part of frequent top-level exchanges between both nations, highlighting the visit Vice President Xi Jinping carried out to Cuba in June 2011, which ended with the signing of many cooperation accords.

China and Cuba have developed extensive ties of cooperation in many areas, included biotechnology and education.

The official visit President Raul Castro began today to Beijing precedes that he carried out to Vietnam to continue his tour of Asia.

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