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  • Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez attends a news conference in Beijing, China May 29, 2019.

    Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez attends a news conference in Beijing, China May 29, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 May 2019

Chinese and Cuban foreign ministers ratified their rejection of the U.S. arbitrary sanctions and their support for a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan political impasse.

During a press conference held in Beijing, Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced their countries will increase bilateral cooperation in order to promote technology transfer, tourism and renewable energies between the two nations.

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"Cuba celebrates China's tecnological successes and development of world-class companies that we fully trust," said Rodriguez at a time when United States President Donald Trump's tech cold war is affecting Huawei, the China-based company which has the state-of-the-art knowledge for implementing the 5G network around the world.

"Cuba will resolutely oppose any unilateral coercive measure, sanction or tariff war," the Cuban minister added and explained that his country is confident that the Chinese technology will help Cuban companies with their "updating processes." 

For his part, Minister Wang mentioned that China seeks to cooperate with Cuba in "new energies, tourism and biopharmacy," sectors that both countries say they are in "key developmental stage."

Wang also confirmed he spoke with Rodriguez about Venezuela and that both countries agree a solution to the political impasse must be reached through the dialogue between President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition.

"Wang Yang, a member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee at the China's Communist Party Central Committee, highlighted today the excellent state of bilateral relations with Cuba, in his welcoming of the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez."

In November 2018, Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited China and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) related to the "The Belt and Road Initiative," also known as the "New Silk Road," a Chinese multinational project that involves infrastructure and technology development and investments in 152 countries across five continents.

Regarding the 'Belt and Road', Rodriguez stressed that Cuba gives "all its support" to the project, "in particular to its expansion to Latin America and the Caribbean."

The Cuban minister, who started his official visit to China Tuesday at the invitation of his host counterpart, also announced the signing of a bilateral political consultation plan for the period 2020-2022.

So far during his three day trip that ends Thursday, Rodriguez met Cuban diplomats, business representatives and students residing in Beijing. In his meetings he reported on Cuba's current economic situation, which is been affected by the activation of Titles III and IV of the Helms-Burton Act and explained how the Revolution is tackling the new wave of U.S. sanctions.

This was the third time that the head of Cuban diplomacy made an official visit to China, which is the island's second most important tradiing partner and one of its main export destinations.

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