Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hu Jintao arrives in Cuba
The president of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, arrived last night at Cuba’s International Jose Marti Airport.
He was received by José Ramón Machado Ventura, first Vice President of the Councils of Sate and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba. Also present was Felipe Perez Roque, Cuba’s Foreign Minister and other government officials of the Caribbean island and the Asian nation.
He declared that he wanted Cubans to reach new advances in the construction of Socialism and reminded everyone that Cuba was the first Latin American nation to establish diplomatic relations with China.
He received a wreath of flowers from Cuban Pioneers and watched a performance of the Dance of the Lion by the Cuban students of Wushu School.
Presidente Hu will meet Cuban president Raul Castro Ruz during his state visit. This is Hu Jintao’s third visit to Cuba. The first two were in 1997 and 2004.
A dozen bilateral agreements were signed, which strengthen the fraternal bonds between the two Socialist countries.
Granma’s report, in Spanish.
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