Fidel Castro Hosts Chinese Prime Minister

Chinese Prime Minister Li Kequiang and former Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana on September 25, 2016.
Chinese Prime Minister Li Kequiang and former Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana on September 25, 2016.  Photo: Alex Castro

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro headed off to Cartagena, Colombia on Sunday to be present for today’s official signing of that country’s peace accords.  Meanwhile, his chief adviser, Fidel Castro, 90, who no longer travels, received the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Kequiang at his home in Havana.

Raul Castro had met with Li the previous day to discuss increased cooperation and trade between the two countries led by Communist Parties. They oversaw the signing of dozens of new accords, reported Granma newspaper.

The photo-op of Li, dressed in a dark suit and tie, and Fidel, in his  now traditional Adidas sports outfit, was captured by Alex Castro, Fidel’s son, who serves as an official Cuban government photographer.

Fidel and Li reminisced on what is today considered the long friendship between the two countries noting the establishing of diplomatic relations back in 1960.  The fact that Cuba supported the Soviet Union in its rivalry with China was not mentioned.

Granma noted that Fidel Castro also showed the Chinese delegation some of the experiences he is promoting to increase agricultural production in Cuba, which still imports most of its food.


14 thoughts on “Fidel Castro Hosts Chinese Prime Minister

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Much of the Chinese loans to Venezuela are structured with repayment in oil. These payments were a good deal when oil prices were over $100 per barrel. But at current prices around $45 per barrel, the Chinese are forced to accept a lot more low-grade oil which increases their refinery costs and lowers the initial attractiveness of the loans.

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I love dim sum. Peking duck tends to be too greasy for me.

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Are you joking? Do you really want to compare the list of world leaders who have visited Obama to the leaders who have visited the Castros? Really?

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I don’t doubt that the Chinese delegation was satisfied with their visit. They arrived with low expectations and their expectations were met. I am hardly “thrashing”. However I am pleased to know that you have high expectations from me. Excellent judgement.

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Some interesting comment in the Chinese press. From the China Daily Newspaper. “He Shuangrong, a researcher of Latin American studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the fact that Chinese leaders meet Fidel Castro every time they visit Cuba shows the strong ties between the two countries. Both countries are Socialist countries. Their ties are those between good brothers and good partners” Adding “That the two countries not only have growing economic relations but also lend each other political support”..
    I know, Carlyle, that reporting like this is hard for you to swallow. Especially coming from China. .

  • September 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

    On the bright side, their China towns give us access to great dim-sum and Peaking Duck!

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