(ECNS) -- China is confident that Cuban President Díaz-Canel’s visit will inject new impetus into the development of China-Cuba relations and boost new progress in our traditional friendship and friendly cooperation, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Monday.
"Cuba was the first country in the Western hemisphere and Latin America and the Caribbean to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. China and Cuba are each other’s good friends, good comrades and good brothers who trust each other and share weal and woe," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told a daily news briefing.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 62 years ago, despite international vicissitudes, China and Cuba have forged ahead together on the path of building socialism with national characteristics, supported each other on issues concerning core interests and had close coordination on international and regional issues, setting an exemplary model for solidarity and cooperation between socialist countries and sincere mutual assistance between developing countries, Mao said.
Noting that President Díaz-Canel will be the first head of state from a country in Latin America and the Caribbean that China receives after it held the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Mao said China is confident that President Díaz-Canel’s visit will inject new impetus into the development of China-Cuba relations and boost new progress in our traditional friendship and friendly cooperation.