Wednesday, June 08, 2011

China's Vice President meets Fidel

Fidel Castro (R) shaking hands with Xi Jinping (AFP/HO)

Cubadebate: Xi Jinping transmitió personalmente un saludo a Fidel del Presidente chino

(AFP)

HAVANA — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Cuba's iconic former president Fidel Castro during a three-day visit to the communist island state, a Chinese embassy official told AFP Tuesday.

A photograph from the meeting, held Monday, circulated on Chinese websites and showed Xi shaking hands with the 84-year-old Castro, who wore a blue sports coat and checkered shirt, and appeared to be in good health.

The leader of Cuba's 1959 revolution ceded power to his brother Raul in 2006 after ruling the country for nearly five decades.

Xi and Raul had earlier met to approve 10 new agreements that will provide Havana with much needed financial support to implement wide-ranging economic reforms decided upon earlier this year.

China is Cuba's second most important commercial partner after Venezuela, and trade between the two communist countries reached $1.8 billion in 2010.

The Chinese vice president was set to travel onward to Uruguay and Chile.

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