Cuban VP Ends Visit to China

Cuban VP Ends Visit to ChinaBeijing, Sep 2. -Cuban Vice President Abelardo Colome Ibarra concluded an official visit to China on Thursday which reaffirmed the good state of bilateral relations, including heightened cooperation.

The Cuban army corps general addressed those issues with top leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and government as part of his visit, which began on August 24.

The Cuban delegation also met with Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Political Bureau; State Security Minister Geng Huichang, and Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu, among other important leaders.

During the meetings, also attended by Cuban ambassador Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernandez, both parties expressed satisfaction at the development of links of friendship and cooperation between their countries, soon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

They also highlighted greater bilateral cooperation in areas such as the implementation of a law on security and domestic order, reaffirming their willingness to exchange top-level visits and experiences with that purpose.

The host delegation praised the island's efforts to confront the international economic crisis and natural disasters, while ratifying China's support for the just struggle of the Cuban people to defend their sovereignty, and to end the U.S.-imposed blockade.

The program included visits to the southern province of Guangdong and the municipality of Shanghai, where Colome Ibarra learned aspects of this nation's socioeconomic development.

Colome Ibarra and his accompanying delegation arrived in China from Vietnam, where he met with authorities to foster bilateral ties. (Prensa Latina)