Asian ambassador affirms that Cuba is a brother country of China

HAVANA, JULY 19 (Radio Havana Cuba) “CHINA WILL CONTINUE TO BE A DEFENDER OF PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE WORLD AND A LEADER IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, OFFERING NEW AND GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD,” SAID THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, HUA XIN, DURING A MEETING WITH THE PRESS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

THE DIPLOMAT, WHO PRESENTED HIS CREDENTIALS TO CUBAN PRESIDENT MIGUEL DÍAZ-CANEL BERMÚDEZ ON JULY 8, SAID THAT “THE MODERNIZATION OF A GREAT COUNTRY LIKE HIS, WITH A POPULATION OF 1.4 BILLION, IS AN UNPRECEDENTED ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY AND A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANKIND.

DURING THE MEETING, HE EXPLAINED THAT HIS MISSION IN CUBA, “A TRULY UNIQUE COUNTRY,” IS BASED ON A FIVE-POINT STRATEGY (THE FIVE C’S: COMMUNITY OF COMMON FUTURE, CONSENSUS, CONFIDENCE, COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION) THAT HAS BEEN PRESENT AND STRENGTHENED THROUGHOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS.

“CUBA IS A BROTHER COUNTRY OF CHINA,” AFFIRMED HUA XIN, RECALLING THAT IN 1960 THE LARGEST OF THE ANTILLES WAS THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

OVER THE PAST 64 YEARS, UNDER THE CARE OF SUCCESSIVE LEADERS AND THE JOINT EFFORTS OF PERSONALITIES FROM VARIOUS FIELDS, CHINA-CUBA RELATIONS COULD BE DESCRIBED AS “GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD COMRADES AND GOOD BROTHERS”.

“OUR FRIENDSHIP HAS GROWN LIKE A SMALL SEED OF THE ROYAL PALM RISING TO THE SKY,” HE SAID, ADDING THAT HE IS WILLING TO WORK IN ALL STRATEGIC SECTORS FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THIS CARIBBEAN ISLAND, WHICH HAS THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT AS PART OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH.

THE DIPLOMAT RECALLED THAT DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN CHINA AND CUBA HAVE ALREADY RESUMED AND THAT LAST MAY THE CARIBBEAN NATION ANNOUNCED THE EXEMPTION OF VISAS FOR CHINESE CITIZENS WITH ORDINARY PASSPORTS, A DECISION THAT, ALONG WITH THE NAMING OF THE ASIAN GIANT AS GUEST OF HONOR AT THE 2025 INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR, HAS UNLEASHED “A WAVE OF CUBAN FEVER IN CHINA.”

HE NOTED THAT 2024 WILL MARK THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF NEW CHINA AND THAT 2025 WILL MARK THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS: “NOW THAT I AM ASSUMING MY NEW POSITION, I FEEL THAT I AM FULFILLING A GLORIOUS MISSION AND A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY,” HE SAID.

HUA XIN REITERATED THAT CHINA FIRMLY OPPOSES THE U.S. BLOCKADE AND SANCTIONS AGAINST CUBA, AS WELL AS ITS INCLUSION IN THE SO-CALLED LIST OF COUNTRIES SPONSORING TERRORISM DRAWN UP BY THE UNITED STATES.

THE DIPLOMAT ALSO COMMENTED ON THE RESULTS OF THE THIRD PLENARY SESSION OF THE 20TH CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA, AN EVENT THAT “HAS SET THE DIRECTION FOR CHINA’S DEVELOPMENT AND WILL HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON WORLD PEACE,” HE SAID.

THE GREAT FORUM HAS SERVED TO FURTHER DEEPEN REFORM, PROMOTE CHINESE-STYLE MODERNIZATION AND PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO COMMON CHALLENGES FACED BY OTHER COUNTRIES: “AS GLOBAL ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY INCREASES, CHINA’S ROLE AS A STABILIZING FORCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER,” HE SAID. (SOURCE: TRABAJADORES)

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Marrero Cruz: In these complex times, we are very grateful for the cooperation of Belarus

HAVANA, JUL 17 (RHC) POLITICAL BUREAU MEMBER AND PRIME MINISTER MANUEL MARRERO CRUZ RECEIVED HIS COUNTERPART FROM THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS, H.E. ROMAN GOLOVCHENKO, IN AN OFFICIAL CEREMONY AT THE EL LAGUITO PROTOCOL HALL IN HAVANA.

AFTER THE GREETINGS BETWEEN THE HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE ACCOMPANYING DELEGATIONS, THE OFFICIAL TALKS TOOK PLACE, DURING WHICH THE MUTUAL INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WAS CONFIRMED.

THE CUBAN LEADER POINTED OUT THAT ALL THE POSSIBILITIES THAT EXIST BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES TO EXPAND AND DEEPEN ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL RELATIONS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. “WE MUST ALSO EXPRESS OUR SATISFACTION WITH THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE IN BILATERAL EXCHANGES, IN THE POLITICAL AND COOPERATION SPHERES.

FOR HIS PART, GOLOVCHENKO EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE FOR THE INVITATION TO VISIT THE GREATER ANTILLES: “THIS VISIT IS A GOOD MOMENT TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO AND GIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS IN ORDER TO ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF BOTH OUNTRIES. THE MOST CHARACTERISTIC FEATURE OF OUR RELATIONS IS ABSOLUTE OPENNESS,” HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE UNITED BY A STRATEGIC COOPERATION BASED ON FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES SUCH AS SOVEREIGNTY, RESPECT FOR NATIONAL INTERESTS AND EQUAL RIGHTS.

“WE HAVE NEVER DEVIATED FROM OUR POSITION OF NOT ACCEPTING THE ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL BLOCKADE IMPOSED ON CUBA.

WE CONDEMN THE INCLUSION OF CUBA IN THE LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT SPONSOR TERRORISM. AT THE POLITICAL LEVEL, OUR COUNTRIES HAVE ESTABLISHED EXCELLENT RELATIONS, WE COULD SAY IDEAL,” HE SAID, ADDING THAT AFTER THE TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES, AGREEMENTS WERE SIGNED, INCLUDING THE BILATERAL ECONOMIC AGENDA FOR ECONOMIC-COMMERCIAL AND SCIENTIFIC-TECHNICAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 2024-2030, AN AGREEMENT ON THE MUTUAL PROTECTION OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS ON COOPERATION AND MUTUAL ASSISTANCE IN CUSTOMS MATTERS, AN AGREEMENT IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND OTHERS IN THE ECONOMIC FIELD. (SOURCE: RADIO REBELDE)

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UNESCO calls for Cuba’s removal from the list of sponsors of terrorism

HAVANA, JUL 18 (RHC) THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT (NAM) AND THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA, UNESCO CHAPTERS, REQUESTED THE EXCLUSION OF CUBA FROM THE LIST OF NATIONS SPONSORING TERRORISM, DRAWN UP BY THE UNITED STATES.

THE CUBAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS INFORMS THAT THE ORGANIZATIONS DISCLOSED THE REQUEST AT THE PARIS HEADQUARTERS OF THAT SPECIALIZED AGENCY OF THE UNITED NATIONS, BY MEANS OF A JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ.

THE PROCLAMATION EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE DECLARATION OF THE JOINT COORDINATION COMMITTEE, ISSUED LAST JUNE 14 IN NEW YORK, WHICH ALSO DEMANDS THE LIFTING OF UNILATERAL COERCIVE MEASURES AGAINST THE CUBAN PEOPLE.

BOTH ORGANIZATIONS, MADE UP OF 134 AND 121 STATES, RESPECTIVELY, EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN FOR THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THIS UNJUST INCLUSION IN THE INTEGRAL PERFORMANCE OF THE ISLAND.

THEY ALSO DENOUNCE THAT, IN THIS WAY, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AGGRAVATES THE EFFECTS OF THE BLOCKADE IMPOSED AGAINST CUBA FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS.

IT ALSO POINTS OUT THAT THE HOSTILE POLICIES OF THE UNITED STATES LIMIT THE SCOPE OF THE WORK OF THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO) IN CUBAN TERRITORY.

TOGETHER WITH THE COMMUNIQUÉ, THE DECLARATION OF THE JOINT NAM-G77 AND CHINA COORDINATION COMMITTEE WAS ALSO CIRCULATED, WHICH CALLED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE NEED TO ELIMINATE THE BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA (SOURCE: PRENSA LATINA)

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Ethiopia and Cuba, 49 years of solidarity and mutual respect

Addis Ababa, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia and Cuba celebrate 49 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations characterized by solidarity, mutual respect and collaboration in various sectors, including education, health, hydraulics and sugar.

The ties of friendship between the two countries were strengthened when in 1977 Cuban internationalist troops supported the Ethiopian forces against external annexation attempts. 166 Caribbean combatants fell on the battlefield.

The coordination of positions in bilateral and multilateral forums is strengthened as time goes by, such as the historical support of Addis Ababa to Havana against the U.S. blockade in the United Nations, as do the African Union, among other spaces.

Regarding governmental meetings at the highest level, the then Cuban ambassador here, Jorge Lefebre, in statements to Prensa Latina mentioned last September during the G77 and China Summit held on the island the participation of former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen with a large delegation.

Lefebre highlighted the gratitude expressed by Mekonnen to the Cuban authorities, the interviews with President Miguel Díaz-Canel, Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa, and with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and emphasized the gratitude to Cuba for its contribution during these years.

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Rossiya Airlines to resume Moscow-Havana flights

Moscow, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Rossiya Airlines informed in this capital on Wednesday that it will resume flights from Moscow to Havana, the Cuban capital, on October 13.

Rossiya’s announcement, to which Prensa Latina had access, stated that tickets for Sunday flights are already on sale on Aeroflot’s website.

The airline noted that Havana is in great demand among tourists, as Russian consider the Cuban capital one of the country’s leading tourist attractions, along with other resorts, especially the beach.

About 20,000 holidaymakers traveled to Havana from December 2023 to May 2024.

The airline will also maintain its flights from Moscow to Varadero beach and Cayo Coco, which opened in July 2023.

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Californian unions demand Cuba´s removal from terrorist list

Washington, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The representation in California of the largest labor union in the United States unanimously approved a resolution that demands the removal of Cuba from the list of States sponsors of terrorism.

On behalf of its almost 2.3 million members, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in California “strongly urged the executive board” of the union center to oppose this arbitrary designation of Cuba.

It was also agreed that “the executive board of the national AFL-CIO send a copy of the resolution to President (of the United States) Joe Biden.”

The document was endorsed at the recent Convention, which saw the participation of more than 700 delegates, according to Mark Friedman, a member of the “Hands Off Cuba” Committee in Los Angeles and the International Association of Machinists Local 1484, one of the groups that make up the AFL-CIO.

The team that worked to pass this resolution, included Tom Brandon, leader of the California Machinists Conference; Bill Camp of Building Relations with Cuban Labor; leaders of IAM Local 1484, and activists from the Los Angeles Hands Off Cuba committee, Friedman said.

The Convention also reflected “the changes taking place within the US labor movement, with greater numbers of young people and diversity representing many lower-paid workers now organizing across the state.” Friedman stressed that a new wave of unionization, not seen since the end of World War II is taking place across the United States.

This comes after the International Union of Longshoremen and Warehousemena’s similar important initiative approved by the convention, which donated $10,000 to the Global Health Partners campaign to purchase pacemakers for health institutions in Cuba.

The recent event was preceded by the California Machinists’ Conference, which represents some 17,000 employees, who endorsed a similar proposal.

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Belarusian prime minister visits Fidel Castro Center in Cuba

Havana Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko visited the the Fidel Castro Center on Wednesday in the context of his official visit to Cuba.

At the center, dedicated to the study and dissemination of the life, work and thought of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, the visitor was briefed about the characteristics of the facility by Director René González Barrios, and toured its exhibition and interactive rooms.

On Tuesday, Golovchenko was received by his Cuban counterpart, Manuel Marrero, at

Havana’s Convention Center, where both leaders confirmed the excellent state of mutual ties.

During his meeting with Golovchenko, Marrero highlighted the potential of economic and trade relations, mainly in sectors like food production, the medical-pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, industry, and banking and finance.

The head of the Belarusian Government noted the cooperation between the two countries and condemned the United States blockade and Cuba’s inclusion on Washingto’s State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT), the Cuban Presidency and Government wrote on their X account.

The visitor also highlighted the excellent political level of bilateral relations between Belarus and Cuba, and assured that they are ready to move forward in all areas with their counterpart in Cuba.

On Tuesday, the two countries signed the Bilateral Economic Agenda for economic-commercial and scientific-technical collaboration, an agreement on customs matters, and two other deals on Mutual Protection of Classified Information and in the field of public health.

Five other joint instruments in the economic and financial area were also initialed, the source added.

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Cuban President highlights achievements of Women’s Advancement Program

Díaz-Canel emphasized that measures are being adopted in the workplace to empower
the role of women. Photo: Radio Rebelde

Havana, July 16 (Radio Havana Cuba)– The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted Monday the progress of the National Program for the Advancement of Women (PAM), noting that it responds to the essence of the history of the Cuban Revolution.

Speaking at the Commission on Attention to Youth, Children and Women’s Equal Rights, the president stressed that the issue of women’s empowerment has always had an advanced approach in the Caribbean nation.

Díaz-Canel recalled that from the independence struggle of 1868 to the thoughts of the National Hero, José Martí (1853-1895), and the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016), the need to strengthen the role of women in society was highlighted.

He stressed that every time a law is passed on the island, it is urged to analyze how it affects women, children, youth and adolescents and vulnerable people.

The head of state commented that in the municipalities a greater appreciation of the PAM can already be felt and in the workplaces measures are adopted to enhance the role of women.

“Today our women are moving forward, advancing, but there is still much to be done,” said the Cuban president.

He specified that the Caribbean nation is in a process of perfecting public policies, for which it is necessary to integrate all the actors of society, as well as to promote participation and popular control.

During the debates of the commission, it was revealed that the rate of female economic activity is 52.7 %, 46 % being employed in the state sector and 24 % in the non-state sector. The gender gap in employment is 24.4 %.

Women represent 20.34% of the total number of women members of the National Association of Small Farmers (private) and the request for usufruct land is stimulated by 16,930 women.

The Federation of Cuban Women adopted a political assurance plan for the attention to the new economic actors and meetings have been held with women incorporated to them (Source: Prensa Latina). 

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Cuba and China strengthen multi-sectoral cooperation

July 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice Prime Minister Jorge Luis Tapia and Luo Zhaohui, president of the Chinese Agency for International Development Cooperation, advocated here today to expand bilateral cooperation.

During the meeting, the Cuban leader thanked the invitation to participate in the Second High-Level Meeting of the Forum on Global Action for Shared Development, which took place from July 11 to 13.

Tapia called this event a platform for dialogue that truly represents the voice of the Global South.

“We join the multiple voices that recognize the leading role of Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote the Global Development Initiative to which we give high importance in the achievement of projects aligned with the 2030 Agenda,” he said.

The vice prime minister took advantage of the meeting to reiterate the gratitude of the Cuban people and government to China for the recent donation “which shows its sincere support in difficult times.”

“The sensitivity and personalized attention of the main leaders of our countries is a clear expression of the special character of bilateral relations,” he added.

Luo, for his part, highlighted Cuba’s position during the Forum on Global Action for Shared Development and recognized the brotherhood between both nations.

At the end of their talks, both representatives signed a cooperation agreement that expands multi-sector collaboration.

Previously, during a meeting with Chinese Vice Prime Minister Ding Xuexiang in which Luo was also present, Tapia assured that even in the complex inflationary scenario, the largest of the Antilles is one of the nations in the Latin American region that invests the most in aid and social security.

“However, the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against our country constitutes the main obstacle to our development and, therefore, to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda,” he warned.

According to the leader, the limitations derived from this siege and the inclusion of Cuba in the arbitrary US list of countries sponsoring terrorism, “impact the national financial panorama that faces unstable, undiversified and unsustainable access to sources for finance development”.

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FAO announces initiative for rural women in Cuba

Havana, July 9 (Radio Havana Cuba) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that it is backing the promotion of another initiative in Cuba in favor of rural women’s employment.

In this case, the initiative will involve forestry enterprises in seven municipalities in the country, namely Los Arabos in Matanzas province (west); Santo Domingo, Corralillo and Quemado de Güines in Villa Clara (central), and Amancio, Colombia and Jobabo in Las Tunas (east).

According to the agency, the project is part of the “Climate Resilience in Cuba’s Agricultural Ecosystems” (IRES) project, implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture on the island, with technical assistance from FAO and financing from the Green Climate Fund.

The new work options will be associated with the creation of brigades for the extraction of pine resin, which will offer women the possibility of obtaining immediate and sustained economic income over time, said the UN entity.

In its first stage, the project will provide tools to facilitate resin extraction, such as a bar, a half-moon, a mallet, an adze, a pole, a tracer, as well as harvesting supplies, such as plastic pots, nails, hammers and ladders.

Pine resin extraction for productive purposes is carried out here in mature plantations before logging takes place, and its average annual yield can be up to two tons per hectare, the source explained.

This natural substance is a renewable raw material widely used in the chemical industry for various purposes, which makes it a product in high demand in the market.

According to FAO, IRES seeks not only to generate employment opportunities for women from different communities, but also to enhance their participation in sectors traditionally dominated by men. The project’s links with companies committed to gender equity, she said, will facilitate hiring and training in key roles.

The program, she said, will not only benefit the women employed directly, but will also contribute to strengthening the local economy and the social progress of the communities.By supporting their insertion into the labor market in diverse sectors, diversity, inclusion and sustainable economic growth will be promoted, the UN entity said.

Aligned with the objectives of the National Program for the Advancement of Women in Rural Areas, IRES is committed to a better life by promoting equal opportunities and the active participation of Cuban women in economic and social development, in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-2031, the statement added. (Source: PL)

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