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President Xi welcomes Cuban counterpart to Beijing


BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel in Beijing on Thursday as he pledged"continued support" for the fellow Communist regime.
Diaz-Canel was on his first visit to Asia since taking over as president in April, becoming the first Cuban leader not to be named Castro since 1959.
The visit comes just days after Washington imposed fresh economic restrictions on Cuba.
Washington's ties with Havana were fully restored in 2015 after more than half a century of enmity, but have deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office last year.
Xi met Diaz-Canel at the colossal Great Hall of the People, where they reviewed Chinese troops in an elaborate welcome ceremony.
During their talks, Xi pledged that China would continue to support Cuba where possible, calling it a"great and remarkable country" that had overcome obstacles to chart its own path, reported state broadcaster CCTV. (AFP)

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