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China-Cuba relations in good shape: Chinese ambassador

06-04-2011 12:58 BJT

HAVANA, June 3 (Xinhua) -- China maintains a good relationship with Cuba in politics and their cooperative relations are growing rapidly in economy and trade, Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Liu Yuqin has said.

Liu made the remarks in an interview earlier this week with Xinhua ahead of the upcoming Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the Caribbean island country. Xi is scheduled to arrive in Havana on Saturday evening.

"China-Cuba relations have been in good shape in various areas in recent years with frequent exchanges of high-level visits," she said.

Noting the rapid growth in bilateral economic and trade ties, Liu said that China has become Cuba's second largest trade partner after Venezuela, while Cuba is one of China's major trade partners in Latin America.

"Meanwhile, the two sides have carried out cooperative projects in some areas," she said.

"China sent agriculturists to Cuba a decade ago and helped set up jointly-funded farms in eastern Cuba to grow rice," Liu said.

And the two countries are also carrying out some projects in China. In Beijing, China's capital, the two sides are engaged in joint production of anti-cancer drugs, while in northeast China, they are running a joint venture on other pharmaceuticals, she said.

"All in all, our cooperation has been fruitful," said Liu.

On political relations, Liu said that Cuba established diplomatic relations with China in 1960, becoming the first nation in Latin America to foster ties with New China.

"We'll never forget Cuba's support and help at the time when China was in difficulties," she said.

China has been firmly on Cuba's side in its struggle against the blockade policy imposed by the United States some 50 years ago, while Cuba has offered solid support for China on major issues of core interests, such as the issues of Taiwan and Tibet, Liu said.

"Cuba has always been China's close friend, comrade and partner," she said.

On Cuba's current economic reform, Liu said that the process of the reform is "extremely positive."

"Cuba is exploring a development path suited to its national conditions," she said.

Against the backdrop of profound changes on the international scene, Liu wished the Cuban people greater achievement on the road they have chosen.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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