Chinese Defense Minister Meets Cuban Guests

Henry C.K. Liu hliu at SPAMmindspring.com
Wed Aug 23 23:27:58 MDT 2000



Chinese Defense Minister Meets Cuban Guests

Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian met in Beijing Tuesday with Joaquin Quintas
Sola, commander of the central military region of Cuba and his party.

Chi, who is also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and a State
Councilor, said that China and Cuba, both socialist countries, enjoy deep
friendship.

He noted that the relations between the two countries have been continuing to
grow in recent years with common efforts from both sides.

Chi said that he is satisfied with the current situation in bilateral ties
between the armed forces of the two countries and is positive about the
development of the ties in the future.

Chi thanked the Cuban government for its adherence to the "one- China" policy.
He said that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable
part of the Chinese territory.

The Chinese government still maintains the "peaceful reunification" and "one
country, two systems" principles to solve the Taiwan issue, Chi said.

The Chinese government has the greatest sincerity to seek a peaceful
reunification, and has also made necessary preparations to resolutely stop the
"Taiwan independence" and any activities aimed at separation, Chi said.

He also briefed the guests on China's domestic situation and China's views on
current international situation.

Quintas congratulated China's achievements since the reforms and opening up. He
said that China plays a very important role in maintaining world peace.

He said that Cuba and China share the same or similar views on many
international issues.

Quintas said that he believes he will be able to learn useful experience from
China through his visit.
 

People's Daily August 24 2000



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