Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in China this morning. on a two-day official visitwhich includes meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and signing bilateral agreements.
🇧🇷I’m honored to be back in China, a country with which we have close ties. We have come at the invitation of esteemed President Xi Jinping, a great friend of Cuba. We are in for a tense, productive and certainly exciting hours,” Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted along with photos of his arrival in Beijing.
I am honored to be back in China, a country where we have so many close ties. We arrived in response to an invitation from esteemed President Xi Jinping, a great friend #Cuba🇧🇷 Tense, productive and safe exciting hours await us. I’ll count the forest. 🇧🇷 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/dGTrSD3hIQ
— Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez (@DiazCanelB) November 24, 2022
Diaz-Canel landed in China from Turkey at the last stop of an international tour that also included visits to Algeria and Russia, at a time when the island is going through one of its worst economic periods in decades due to a severe crisis. energy crisis.
The visit of the Cuban President and his entourage to China is taking place in a closed loop, in which visitors do not have contact with the outside world in accordance with China’s severely restrictive epidemic prevention measures. It was like thisbubbleEarlier this month, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz paid a visit.
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Arrival footage shows Miguel Diaz-Canel exiting the plane, accompanied by his wife, Lis Cuesta.
The Cuban leader will also meet with Chairman of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, Li Zhangsu, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the Cuban Presidency said.
The same source said more than ten bilateral agreements are expected to be signed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning stressed earlier this week that Diaz-Canel is the first leader from Latin America and the Caribbean to visit an Asian countryafter the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) last October, in which Xi Jinping won a third term, breaking with the political tradition of recent decades in China.
“We are confident that this visit will give new impetus to the development of China-Cuban relations and further progress in our friendship and cooperation,” he added.
Cuba was in 1960 the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, founded in 1949.
China has traditionally supported Cuba in international forums such as the United Nations, where it called for the lifting of the US embargo.