Chinese VP Visits with Fidel Castro

HAVANA TIMES June 7 — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping conversed on Monday with former President Fidel Castro.  Xi is on a three-nation Latin American tour that will also take him to Uruguay and Chile.

Xi said: “Under new circumstances, China continues to adhere to the principle of long-term friendship between China and Cuba. China is ready to enhance high-level exchanges, deepen friendly cooperation in all areas, share further experience in governance and party building so as to, along with the Cuban side, make new progress in promoting the mutually- beneficial cooperative ties between China and Cuba,” reported the Xinhua news service.

Fidel Castro “recalled his past contacts with Chinese leaders, saying he has always paid attention to China’s socialist construction. He expressed admiration for China’s socio-economic achievements and China’s rising international status,” noted Xinhua.