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  • Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel started his three day official visit to China Tuesday.

    Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel started his three day official visit to China Tuesday. | Photo: Prensa Latina

Published 7 November 2018

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel began his China visit Tuesday at the invitation of Xi Jinping. The leaders will meet Thursday.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel began his three days visit to China Tuesday at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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At Hongqiao airport, the Cuban president was received by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, the Chinese vice-chancellor Qin Gang, the Cuban ambassador of the island in Shanghai Miguel Angel Ramirez, the Chinese ambassador in Havana Chen Xi, and Shanghai's vice mayor Chen Qun.

His first stop was at the headquarters of the International Exposition of Imports in Shanghai, where he visited the trade fair. The Cuban pavilion exhibited leading exports such as honey, tobacco, rum, and coffee. It also promoted potential fields of business such as energy, mines, medical services, telecommunication technologies, and biotechnology.

China is organizing its first International Import Expo in Shanghai, which will have the participation of leaders of at least 15 countries.

Diaz-Canel also visited the exhibits of Venezuela, Bolivia, El Salvador, Russia, and China. The president then toured the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, which specializes in software research, semiconductors, and information technology.

On Wednesday, he went to Beijing where he met with Wang Yang, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the XIII Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a high-level advisory body.

“Visiting in # Beijing held an important meeting with Comrade Wang Yang, president of the Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese people, to whom we said it is a visit of continuity and consolidation,” he wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday, he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and the Presidents of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Li Zhanshu and Wang Yang, respectively.

The Cuban delegation also met Cuban students in China.

"The Delegation of Cuba exchanged with Cuban students in China, representatives of companies and organizations and personnel of our mission. Good results of the scholarship plan offered by China", wrote Diaz-Canel on his Twitter account.

He also toured the Forbidden City or Imperial Palace Museum, a center of power during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

China is the fourth country visited by Diaz-Canel as a part of his international tour. He has visited France, Russia, and North Korea. The president will visit Vietnam and Laos after concluding his China tour.

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