Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) with Cuban President Raul Castro
By Caribbean News Now contributor
HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuba and China signed 29 bilateral cooperation accords on Tuesday, during an official visit to the Caribbean island by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The accords, aimed at further strengthening economic, commercial, cultural relations included a framework agreement for collaboration in cyberspace, the granting by China of a line of credit to build a multi-purpose terminal at the Santiago de Cuba harbour, an interest-free credit line and a donation.
Other documents signed focused on transfer of technology, the development of renewable energies, biotechnology, environment monitoring, and the setting up of a Cuba-China pilot farm.
The two sides also signed protocols to control the quality of tobacco and sugar being exported to China, the increase of participation in the oil sector and the setting up of a corporation to be named Bello Monte SA. Bilateral exchange in the education sector was also included in the accords.
During the two-day official visit, Xi held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on the bilateral relations between the two nations.
Raul Castro and Xi stressed their willingness to keep developing bilateral links with an emphasis on the implementation of a bilateral economic agenda.
President Xi Jinping (L) meets with Fidel Castro
The Chinese head of state also met with former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Xi and Fidel Castro addressed different issues of international interest, particularly the challenges and dangers facing humanity and the significance of the declaration recently adopted by the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] countries at their summit in Brazil.
They also exchanged views on the large and increasing cooperation between China and Cuba. Fidel Castro explained to Xi about his theoretical and practical studies, which encompassed the possibility of increasing the production of high quality food and the large demand in the international market.