The Presidents of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel and China' Xi Jinping held an official meeting Thursday at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China. The two leaders signed several cooperation agreements to increase Cuba's productive capacity and agreed on a loan for Cuba to purchase construction equipment for its renewable energy and tourism sectors.
Before meeting Xi Jinping, Diaz-Canel paid homage to the revolutionary leader Mao Zedong. He wrote on Twitter, “In the morning #Cuba delegation paid tribute to Mao Zedong and the heroes of the Chinese people. Our commitment to these generations of heroes is to defend the construction of Socialism and strengthen relations between #Cuba and #China. #WeareCuba”
En la mañana delegación de #Cuba rindió tributo a Mao Zedong y a los héroes del pueblo chino. Nuestro compromiso con esas generaciones de héroes es defender la construcción socialista y fortalecer las relaciones entre #Cuba y #China. #SomosCuba— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) November 8, 2018
"Our commitment to these generations of heroes is to continue to uphold the banners of socialism and strengthen our already historic and indestructible relations of friendship and solidarity," said the president after signing the Mao Zedong Mausoleum visitors’ book.
"Nuestro compromiso con esas generaciones de héroes es continuar enarbolando las banderas del socialismo y fortalecer nuestras ya históricas e indestructibles— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) November 8, 2018
relaciones de amistad y solidaridad" @DiazCanelB firma el libro de visitantes del Mausoleo donde descansa Mao Zedong pic.twitter.com/7Z0uEqExRB
After visiting the Mao Zedong museum, the Cuban leader met Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
"I feel respect, admiration and affection for the Chinese people", Diaz-Canel said after meeting with Li Zhanshu.
Following that, he met with Prime Minister Li Keqiang. The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Cuba wrote about the meeting on its Twitter handle.
“In his meeting with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CC of the CPC, the President @ DiazCanelB said that the new generations will continue the consolidation of bilateral relations with #China | #Cuba #We are Continuity.”
En su encuentro con Primer Ministro Li Keqiang, miembro del Comité Permanente del Buró Político del CC del PCCH, el— Cancillería de Cuba (@CubaMINREX) November 8, 2018
Presidente @DiazCanelB expresó que las nuevas generaciones darán continuidad a la consolidación de las relaciones bilaterales con #China| #Cuba #SomosContinuidad pic.twitter.com/gS5ACK2hwe
After that, he met with Xi Jinping and held official talks with the Chinese President in the People's Palace.
Diaz Canel left for Vietnam Thursday night, local time. He will meet with the secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and president of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
On Saturday, he plans to travel to Ho Chi Minh City, the most populous city in Vietnam and its main economic, industrial and financial center.