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Chinese premier's Cuba visit to boost cooperation: Cuban FM

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-09-15 12:55

Chinese premier's Cuba visit to boost cooperation: Cuban FM

Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla speaks during a news conference in Havana, Cuba, Sept 9, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

HAVANA -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's upcoming visit to Cuba is expected to boost economic cooperation between the two sides, Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.

Li will visit Cuba later this month, following his participation in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and an official visit to Canada.

"It will be a very important visit and a great step in bilateral relations. It will require all of our government's attention and without doubt it will be very successful," Rodriguez said recently.

Li's tour will be the first official visit to Cuba by a Chinese premier since the two countries established diplomatic ties 56 years ago.

Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca recently told reporters that the visit will boost joint efforts to expand cooperation into new areas.

"During the premier's visit, a number of important economic cooperation agreements will be signed," said Malmierca.

The two sides are expected to sign cooperation deals in areas such as technology, renewable energy, industry and environmental protection.

"Chinese investments in our nation are starting to blossom and we have a joint strategic vision for the future," he added.

China is Cuba's second largest trade partner.

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