When China met Cuba: Xi Jinping visits Havana

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When China met Cuba: Xi Jinping visits Havana

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The last stop of a four-nation tour saw Chinese President Xi Jinping visit Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana.

After reviewing Cuba’s Honour Guard at the Palace of the Revolution, the Chinese president entered into talks with representatives of both countries.

Former President Fidel Castro was also on hand for a brief meeting with the leader.

The nations are close political allies, with generous trade credits making China Cuba’s largest creditor and second-biggest trade partner.

Xi Jinping’s packed Havana schedule also included being decorated with the Jose Marti medal, Cuba’s highest honour.

Both countries signed accords aimed at boosting ties. The cooperation documents covered economy, trade, agriculture, bio-technology, culture and education.

Talks are also said to be underway for a number of investment projects, although no financial agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

To top off Xi Jinping’s first day, both presidents attended a ballet performance in the capital.