Xi says China willing to work together with Cuba in building socialism

HAVANA, Aug. 30th Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s support of Cuba no matter how the situation changes during a phone conversation with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday.

In the phone call, Xi hailed the remarkable achievements Cuba made through relentless struggle under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

According to Xi, the course of socialism is not always smooth, and the communist party members always fight for survival, development and victory.

China believes that every country should respect each other’s right to choose its development path, Xi said, stressing the country’s opposition to the unilateral sanctions and foreign intervention by some countries on others.

China will always support Cuba along its development path to building socialism featuring prosperity and sustainability based on its national situation, Xi said.

The Chinese president also voiced China’s support as Cuba seeks to defend its national sovereignty, security and fight against power intervention.

Xi said China will also continue to support Cuba in the fight against the pandemic and help improve people’s livelihoods to the best of its ability and expressed his confidence in Cuba’s ability to realize the new development of socialism.

Hailing the longstanding friendly relations between China and Cuba under the joint efforts of the party and country leaders of the two sides, Xi said the bilateral ties have already become a model for cooperation between developing countries.

No matter how the situation changes, China’s commitment to long-term friendship with Cuba will not change, nor will China’s willingness to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields. China is ready to jointly implement socialism and realize common development and strategic coordination with Cuba, Xi said.

He also reaffirmed China’s willingness to maintain close high-level exchanges on party and country governance, deepen cooperation on pandemic prevention and promote pragmatic cooperation with Cuba to push bilateral ties to a higher level.

Reiterating China’s commitment to supporting Cuba’s legitimate rights in international affairs, Xi called on both sides to enhance strategic coordination on multilateral cooperation and jointly defend the common interests of developing countries.

Diaz-Canel, for his part, thanked China for its long-term support, including its assistance during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuba is ready to strengthen party-level exchanges and cooperation in various fields with China and jointly advance the course of socialism and the development of China-Cuba relations, Diaz-Canel pledged.

He also voiced Cuba’s opposition to hegemony, power politics and the politicization and stigmatization of the pandemic.

Cuba is committed to the one-China policy and stands against any interventions in China’s internal affairs. It will continue supporting China on issues of its core interests, such as China’s Taiwan and Xinjiang, and is ready to play a constructive role in improving China’s relations with Latin American countries, Diaz-Canel said. (https://news.cgtn.com/news)