Cuba to develop connections with China, EUStaff writer ▼ | June 3, 2013
Cuba was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic ties with China, Guo Jinlong, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said when he met Mercedes Lopez Acea, vice president of the Cuban Council of State and first secretary of the Havana Provincial Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP), writes China Daily.
As twin cities and capitals, Beijing was willing to work jointly with Havana to deepen cooperation and expand cultural and people-to-people exchanges, said Guo, who is also secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee. Lopez said the relationship between Cuba and China, which was based on mutual understanding and mutual respect, had become a model of bilateral ties.
Cuba and the Netherlands signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in various fields including healthcare, trade and investment. Cuba and the European Union suspended their relationship in 2003 and it was resumed in 2008. Since then, Havana has signed agreements with some 15 European countries.
The document, signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra and Karel van Ooesterom, director general for political affairs of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, shows the two nations' common interests in promoting and developing cooperation in various fields.
The pact covers trade and investment, agriculture, water resources, healthcare and biotechnology, culture and sports, among others. ■