HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro left Havana on Sunday for an official visit in China and Vietnam, reports the Granma newspaper.
This is Castro’s first official visit to China since assuming the presidency in 2008.
A Chinese government spokesperson noted that Cuba is an important country in Latin America and the first to establish diplomatic relations with China (after its 1948 revolution), reported DPA news.
Castro is scheduled to meet in Beijing with Chinese leader Hu Jintao to discuss ““matters of mutual interest” and “bilateral and internacional relations.”
The Cuban president is traveling with a delegation including VP Ricardo Cabrisas and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez.
During the meeting of leaders, several documents of cooperation are expected to be signed between China and Cuba.