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Raul Castro in China

Posted: Jul 06, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with visiting President of Cuba's Council of State and the Council of Ministers Raul Castro Ruz in Beijing on Friday, calling for expanded win-win cooperation in such areas as trade, agriculture, technology, energy and infrastructure.

Wen recalled their meeting during Raul Castro's China trip in 2005, adding that he believed the current trip of Raul Castro was of great importance for both sides in cementing exchanges and jointly responding to challenges under the new circumstances.

Referring to Cuba as China's important partner in the Latin American region, Wen said the strength and global status of Latin America is on the rise, which has a positive impact on the shaping of global order.

The Chinese premier put forward a series of proposals for cementing China-Latin America ties during his visit to Latin America in June.

"We hope to keep close coordination with Cuba to take China-Latin America cooperation to a new high," the premier added.

Hailing remarkable cooperation with China in diversified areas, Raul Castro said Cuba is at an important stage of development, and expects to work out with China a medium and long-term plan for bolstering bilateral cooperation.

He recalled Wen's speech at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean last month, calling it a "guideline" for boosting Latin America-China ties which had drawn close attention from Latin American countries and the international community.

Cuba will play a positive role in promoting the implementation of China's proposals, the 81-year-old added.

Raul Castro is on a four-day trip in China at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang also met with him late on Friday.

It is Raul Castro's first state visit to China since he assumed his current post in 2008.

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