Cuba and China Plan Economic Agenda 2012-2016
Beijing December 27,-- Cuba and China agreed today
to work on the development of bilateral economic agenda for the
period 2012-2016, on the basis of complementarity, said, Ricardo
Cabrisas, vice president of the Council of Ministers, in
This decision underlines the strategic nature of their ties,
which were validated with the work of the twenty-fourth session
of the Intergovernmental Commission, headed by Cabrisas and Chen
Deming,Trade Minister of the Asian country, reports Prensa
Latina news agency.
The senior Caribbean official stressed the importance of this
step in bilateral relations with the difficult international
economic situation, in which "we have witnessed how the cultured
and civilized countries assumptions repress their outraged
citizens in order to save the bankers."
In this regard he said that currently there is a new division of
the world, while natural resources are plundered and war becomes
He warned that the recession is prolonging, increasing
protectionism and restricting the transfer of high technology,
while the issue of agriculture and food security is one of the
most worrying problems for humanity.
These facts contrast with the efficient manner in which China is
facing the impact of the international financial crisis on its
economy and mitigating its impact, has said.
It has become (that country) a factor of stability and
equilibrium, and its development represents an opportunity for
the rest of the world, he said.
During the meeting both parties concurred that the recent
creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean was a
milestone in the process of regional integration and political
cooperation, while the Cuban delegation reaffirmed its support
for China's strategy of enhancing linkages with those areas.
In 2011 there were significant results in the bilateral ambit -
said, Cabrisas- citing as an example the visit to Cuba by Xi
Jinping, Chinese vice president in June, when the political
dialogue was consolidated at the highest level, and 16
agreements were signed.
Cabrisas arrived in the Chinese capital on the 25th on an
official visit and after chairing his country's delegation to
the meeting of the Cuba-China Intergovernmental Commission for
economic and trade relations. He has, on his agenda, meetings
with the host authorities.