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

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that China was willing to walk together with Cuba in building socialism and be partners in pursuing common development in a phone conversation with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Xi also said China was willing to join hands with Cuba in being good exemplars of anti-COVID-19 fight and good comrades in strategic coordination.

Diaz-Canel conveyed Comrade Raul Castro’s sincere greetings to Xi during their talks.

He briefed Xi on the recent domestic situation in Cuba. Xi asked Diaz-Canel to convey his cordial greetings to Comrade Raul Castro.

Xi pointed out that under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, Cuban comrades have forcefully defended their revolutionary achievements with no fear for the powerful and unyielding struggle.

Historically speaking, the socialist cause has never been smooth, and the communists have always strived for survival, development, and victory through struggles, he said.

China, Xi said, always believes that the right to choose one nation’s own path of social development should be respected and that unilateral sanctions against other countries or external interference in other countries’ internal affairs should be opposed.

China had always supported Cuba in taking the development road in line with its national conditions and building prosperous and sustainable socialism.

China had also backed the country’s just fight to safeguard the security of its national sovereignty and oppose interference of the powerful, he added.

China would continue to provide assistance and support within its capacity to Cuba in fighting against the pandemic and improving people’s wellbeing, Xi said.

He expressed his belief that Cuba would make new progress in its socialist cause.

Xi stressed that under the careful cultivation and vigorous promotion of successive generations of leaders of the two parties and countries, China-Cuba relations have grown even stronger as time goes by, becoming a model of solidarity and cooperation between developing countries.

“No matter how the situation changes, China’s policy of sticking to long-term friendship with Cuba would not change, and its willingness to deepen cooperation in various fields with Cuba will not change,’’ Xi said.

Xi said, was ready to intensify high-level exchanges with Cuba, strengthen exchanges and mutual learning in governance of party and state, deepen anti-pandemic cooperation, promote practical cooperation and push for even greater development in bilateral relations.

The two sides should intensify their strategic coordination on international and multilateral occasions to safeguard the common interests of developing countries.

Xi added that China would continue to uphold fairness and justice for Cuba in both speeches and deeds on the world stage. (Xinhua/NAN)