China’s president is visiting Cuba bearing gifts, his second visit to the island in four years.
The gifts included debt relief for money Cuba borrowed from China in the 1990s, and a gift of more than 63 million euros for hospital modernisation.
Hu Jintao also met Fidel Castro, and the Chinese leader complimented Castro on his health, although these days the 82-year-old only occasionally meets visitors and writes newspaper columns. His brother Raul now rules, and he signed a dozen trade deals during the two-day visit, including agreements on Cuban nickel and sugar exports, and Chinese food imports. China is Cuba’s second largest trading partner after Venezuela.