China pledges long-term friendship with Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 17 May 2005

Top national advisor in Havana

HAVANA May 17: China's top national advisor Jia Qinglin says China will continue to seek long-term friendship with Cuba.

Jia made the pledge on Saturday when meeting with Raul Castro Ruz, first vice-president of the Cuban Council of State and of the Council of Ministers.

Despite their geographical distance, China and Cuba share much common ground by "sharing weal and woe," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Jia said the Communist Party of China and the Chinese Government treat relations with Cuba as very important and will always stick to their principles in maintaining long-term friendship with Cuba.

China and Cuba have boosted their political trust and expanded co-operation in recent years, Jia said.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, Jia said, pledging that China will take this opportunity to implement the common understanding reached by two countries' leaders and to push ties forward.

Castro said Cuba will adhere to its one-China policy and continue to oppose "Taiwan independence" secessionist activities.

He promised that Cuba will treat Cuba-China relations from a strategic perspective and strengthen ties in all areas.

Jia arrived in the Cuban capital on Thursday for a four-day official goodwill visit to Cuba.

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