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Xi Jinping pledges support for Cuba on ‘core interests’


BEIJING: President of China Xi Jinping and his Cuban counterpart pledged mutual support for the “core interests” of their allied communist nations on Friday at a meeting, further praising the return of the policy. face-to-face diplomacy by Beijing.
In comments to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Xi said China hopes to “strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs” with Cuba. The two will “go hand in hand on the path of building socialism with their own characteristics,” Xi was quoted as saying in a Chinese government press release.
China generally defines its core interests as the defense of its economic and political development goals, along with control of the territory it claims, especially self-governing Taiwan.
No specific issues or other countries were mentioned in the Chinese government press release.
Diaz-Canel’s visit is yet another sign of how China is trying to kickstart its direct diplomacy after suspending such exchanges during the pandemic.
Xi, who is also the leader of the ruling Communist Party and has removed the term limit to allow him to stay in power indefinitely, met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier this month in Beijing, then attended the Group of 20 meeting of the world’s top economies in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Thailand.
Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and European Council President Charles Michel will travel to Beijing next week.
Diaz-Canel arrives in China after a visit to Moscow, where he and the Russian President Putin praised the “traditional friendship” between their sanctioned nations.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, China and Cuba grew closer, while China and Russia gradually established warmer relations, mainly in opposition to the liberal democratic global order led by the United States. Leadership period.
In a Chinese press release, Diaz-Canel was quoted as saying that his visit “shows that we attach great importance and care to the friendly and cooperative relationship between Cuba and China.”
Cuba “appreciates” Xi’s theoretical and practical contributions “and we believe this is a real encouragement to all the progressive forces in the world,” he said.
China is Cuba’s second-largest trading partner after main oil producer Colombia, and has provided buses, locomotives and other equipment to the island’s efforts to upgrade its dilapidated infrastructure. Chinese companies have also invested in mining in Cuba, but on a limited scale.

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