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China's top leaders congratulate fellow communist Raul Castro

China's top leaders congratulate fellow communist Raul Castro

China's highest leaders sent congratulations Wednesday to new Cuban President Raul Castro, in a sign of increased friendship between two of the few remaining communist countries, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao jointly sent a message of congratulations to Castro, saying the relationship between Cuba and China has improved since they established diplomatic ties 48 years ago and was like a friendship between brothers, Xinhua said.
China and Cuba were Cold War antagonists during the Sino-Soviet split, but ties warmed after Cuba lost its financial backing with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Under Raul Castro the Cuban people will make "new achievements ... in the great course of the Cuban socialist revolution and construction," Xinhua said.
Trade between Cuba and China has expanded in recent years to US$1.8 billion (euro1.22 billion) in 2006, according to Chinese officials. Chinese exports of buses, locomotives, farm equipment and consumer goods helped account for the increase. Beijing has also extended generous loans to the island.
Raul Castro had been acting president since his brother Fidel fell ill in July 2006.
Fidel Castro resigned as the country's president earlier this month, ending his nearly 50 years as head of the communist state in America's backyard and capping a career in which he frustrated efforts by 10 U.S. presidents to oust him.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:36 GMT+08:00