HAVANA TIMES — July will be the month that two major world leaders visit Havana. First Russia’s Vladimir Putin is expected on July 11 to be followed less than two weeks later by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Both presidents are traveling to the Americas to attend the BRICS summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China y South Africa) on July 15-16 in Fortaleza Brazil and will take advantage of their journey to also visit Argentina and Cuba.
Chinese government spokesperson Quin Gang said Xi will visit Brasil, Argentina and Cuba in the week following the summit (July 17-23).
The trip to Latin America by the Chinese president is his second since taking office. Just over a year ago he visited Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. As vice president he visited Cuba in 2011, meeting with both Raul and Fidel Castro.
With the current volatile economic situation in Venezuela, and the continuing US embargo on the island, the Cuban government actively seeks to increase cooperation from both China and Russia.