Cuba-China relations: A cooperation model based on equality, respect, and mutual benefit

Source: Granma
October 2 2017

by Iramsy Peraza Forte | informacion@granma.cu

Miguel Ángel Ramírez, Cuban ambassador in Beijing, agreed to speak with Granma International about the current state of Cuba-China relations and their future prospects

cuba china relations oct 2017.jpgThere exists great potential to develop economic and political ties between Cuba and China. Photo: Ismael Batista

Beijing.- Cuba and China have enjoyed a special relationship since diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on September 28, 1960.
che y mao.jpgMonths before these ties were officially recognized, Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara led a delegation representing the nascent Cuban Revolution to Beijing, with the aim of cementing relations with the People’s Republic of China, founded 11 years prior.
Today, 57 years later, Cuba and China are celebrating having built a relationship which is not only an example for the world, but also a reference for the development of fraternal ties between two parties, governments, and peoples, which have stood the test of time.

Miguel Ángel Ramírez, Cuban ambassador in Beijing, agreed to speak with Granma Internationalabout the current state of Cuba-China relations and their future prospects.
This year is the 57th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cuba and People’s Republic of China. More than half a century later how would you describe the current state of these ties, and the over 50-year relationship between the two countries?

fidel 200.jpgThe precursor to the emergence of these ties between Cuba and China is one of the most important moments of our history when, during the First Declaration of Havana on September 2, 1960, over one million Cubans, representing our people and led by leader of the Cuban Revolution Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, decided to recognize the People’s Republic of China.

Thus, Cuba became the first country in the western hemisphere to recognize the new China, even while the illegitimate government of Taiwan continued to hold its place in the United Nations. Since then, we have maintained ties of friendship, fraternity, and mutual support, which have strengthened over time.

The close ties of friendship between the two governments, parties, and peoples have a solid historical base, dating back to our independence struggles, in which Chinese immigrants played an important part; while the 170th anniversary of their arrival to the country is being celebrated this year. This important date, which laid the foundations for the creation of a Chinese-Cuban community, and the full integration of Chinese immigrants into our society to become part of our national identity, has been commemorated in both countries.

A model of cooperation

Our relations represent a model of cooperation based on equality, respect, and mutual benefit between two socialist, independent, economically strong nations.
Cuba has always shown its unequivocal support for the One China policy, and strongly rejects any actions which threaten its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese government and people have also continued to support the Cuban Revolution, and in particular its struggle against the U.S. blockade, a policy which despite continual, broad international rejection, remains intact and continues to escalate as seen by the continual persecution of Cuba’s financial transactions abroad.

Over recent years, more than 3,000 Chinese students have come to study in Cuba through government scholarship programs, which give new generations from the country’s least developed provinces the opportunity to study Spanish, medicine, tourism, and education, among other degrees, on the island. Meanwhile, the number of self-financing students from that country wanting to earn a degree here has also risen, proof of the popularity and quality of Cuba’s educational system among Chinese youth.

How can economic exchanges be expanded between the two countries?
China became Cuba’s top trading partner for the first time in 2016, with exchanges between the two nations amounting to 2,585, 516,000 USD.
Chinese companies are present in almost all sectors of the island’s economy, via projects linked to foreign trade, through which our country obtains various types of equipment, consumer goods, or through direct Chinese investment in the country.

We have seen important achievements in promoting Chinese Direct Foreign Investment in Cuba with projects such as the Bello Monte initiative linked to golf-course real estate, in which Beijing has invested 500 million USD.

We are also working on various Chinese investment projects in the Mariel Special Development Zone as well as others in practically all spheres of our country’s social and economic life, meaning a substantial boost for commercial exchange.
Cuba is also in the process of transforming its energy matrix, for which substantial long-term investments are needed, and that goes for both wind, solar, and bio energy, areas in which the world’s second largest economic power should play a key role.
In fact, construction has already begun on what will be the country’s largest bioelectric plant, a joint venture featuring technology and financing from China, as well as Cuba and the UK.

The success and level of development achieved by various Cuban-Chinese ventures, is proof of what we can achieve through tenacity, motivation, and revolutionary spirit. As such, I would like to highlight the Shanghai-Suncuba company, owner of the Grand Kempinski-Shanghai and the three largest joint ventures in the biotechnology sector, based in different locations across the island: an expression of the strength and recognition achieved by this sector, founded by our Comandante en Jefe, and an example of the strategic direction being taken by the country.

Based on their individual realties, China and Cuba – two countries in the process of building socialism – share a similar outlook on many issues. What experiences can the two nations share in this process?
Cuba and China have both expressed their commitment to continue constructing socialism in accordance with each nation’s particular characteristics and under the leadership of their respective Communist Parties. We consider ourselves to be mutual references in the construction of socialism deriving from our own unique characteristics, on the basis of which we conduct a broad and systematic exchange of experiences.
The country is immersed in updating its socio-economic model, a process which, under the leadership of the Communist Party, establishes the bases for medium and long-term national development, to achieve sustainable, prosperous socialism in accordance with our reality. China’s experience in its “reforming and opening up” process has been an important reference in this phase, defined by a continual analysis of the achievements, mistakes, and particularities of each country.

As the world’s second largest economic power China is actively working to contribute to global economic stability, combat climate change and build a new type of international relations. How would you describe China’s efforts in this regard?

China is without a doubt a stabilizing factor in many aspects of the global scenario. As an emerging power, it has been leading efforts to promote peaceful global development. Its rise as a key player in an increasingly globalized world, has also seen it become a protagonist in defending the rights of Third World countries, with the G-77+China representing the most compelling example of cooperation between equals.
It has made a transcendental contribution in terms of poverty reduction, food production, the transfer of technology, and successful launching of satellites into space, among others areas.

More recently, the country’s 21st century One Belt One Road initiative and the launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) represent a vote of confidence in the creation of a new international system.

The expansion and strengthening of its ties with Latin America and the Caribbean represent another example of balance and stability for the region. These ties have the potential to produce great benefits for all involved, especially looking toward the upcoming Second China-Celac Ministerial Forum, set to be held early next year in our region.

CNC’s Cuba Hurricane Relief Campaign Off to a Good Start

Canadian Network on Cuba
Working in friendship and solidarity with Cuba

 209 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 2V3
cncexec@canadiannetworkoncuba.ca   www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca

September 30, 2017

TO: CNC groups and friends
FROM: Keith Ellis, Coordinator
2017 CNC Hurricane Relief

RE: 2017 Canadian Network on Cuba Hurricane Relief Campaign

hurricane relief for cuba 2.jpgOur campaign is off to a good start thanks to a spirit in which suggestions and initiatives are being taken in an organized way that keeps reminding us of one of Fidel’s frequently repeated dictums: “cada soldado un comandante” (every soldier a commander).  This spirit was abundantly evident in a very successful event held last Friday, September 22, in Toronto by the end of which, combined with other events, and including donations received from other parts of the country, we can say that we have so far collected $35,000.

We fully expect that this spirit will continue to be manifested here and throughout Canada, as we try to help the admirably courageous Cuban people who themselves are so deeply and intelligently involved in this recuperative effort against the terrible effects of Hurricane Irma.

You will be pleased to know that Venezuela was prompt in beginning to provide its substantial aid to Cuba.  President Maduro himself arrived in Havana with one of the first shipments on September 21.  Also, very promptly too, Venezuela and Cuba have announced their plans to aid Puerto Rico.  Venezuela has proposed a “special plan of support and solidarity.”  Cuba has 39 doctors ready to go to help its historically sister island (the phrase “dos alas del mismo pájaro” [two wings of the same bird] was first applied to Cuba and Puerto Rico when they were both struggling against colonialism).

For us, as simple human beings, not corrupted or dehumanized by the big media, this response by Cuba and Venezuela will seem to be commendable and inspiring.  But don’t be surprised if it further incites the punitive anger of our Minister of External Affairs, Chrystia Freeland.  She knows that the plan of the moneyed vultures, some of them well-placed in the Trump administration, is to take advantage of Puerto Rico’s heightened crisis, to squeeze the “associate state” to the point of asphyxiation, so that it will offer privatization of its publicly-owned assets at give-away prices as the only exit from the crisis.  The Puerto Rican people will thus become enslaved to the new owners for use of erstwhile public utilities.  A part of Hillary Clinton’s family benefited in just this way from the very tardy response to the horrendous Haiti earthquake of 2010.

You will remember how prompt Cuba and Venezuela were in their response to that great tragedy, when within the first twenty-four hours some 1100 medical interventions were carried out by the Cuban medical team that happened to be in Haiti on a different humanitarian mission.

Alas, a similar rapidity of response cannot be achieved in the case of Puerto Rico.  It is U.S. territory; and permission, as in the case of Hurricane Katrina, will have to be obtained from that country’s government in order for Cuba and Venezuela to carry out their humanitarian activities there.  Permission was denied in the case of Katrina, at the expense of many lives.  We hope that when President Trump gets there, as he is scheduled to do on Tuesday, the 3rd of October, he will make a just assessment of the people’s needs and allow appropriate interventions.

During his slow, apparently reluctant, journey to the nearby island, he is taking every opportunity to remind his 3.5 million unfortunate compatriots there that they have a pre-hurricane debt of 70 billion dollars to New York banks that must be paid.

An interesting proposal aired by President Maduro is to work toward making Puerto Rico eligible for membership in CELAC (the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States).

Let us remember always, as we raise funds for Cuba, that our efforts are never ever linked to swindlers’ pipe-dreams, to frauds, of the kinds that may well be hoodwinking our Minister of External Affairs, but to short-term and long-term help to and solidarity with the Cuban people and their government.

Cheques should be written to “CNC,” with the following words on the memo line. – “Hurricane Relief”.   They should be mailed:

c/o Sharon Skup
56 Riverwood Terrace
Bolton ON L7E 1S4

Un abrazo,

Keith Ellis, Coordinator
2017 CNC Hurricane Relief Campaign

Cuba will never accept any preconditions or impositions

Source:  Granma,  | internet@granma.cu
September 22, 2017 16:09:30

Speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla

 

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STATEMENT BY H.E. Mr. BRUNO RODRÍGUEZ PARRILLA, MINISTER OF

FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE SEVENTY SECOND SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

Mr. President:

Mr. Secretary General;

Allow me to reiterate to you Cuba’s, support to your work at the helm of the United Nations and as a guarantor and advocate of international peace.

Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished delegates;

I would like to express my deep condolences to the relatives of the deceased and the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as our disposition to increase our cooperation, to the extent of our modest possibilities, with the brother peoples and governments of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, small Caribbean islands which suffered a terrible devastation; with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

I call upon the international community to give the highest priority to this situation and mobilize resources to assist the small Caribbean Island States and territories which have suffered such devastation.

We would like to convey Cuba’s warmest feelings of solidarity to the government and people of Mexico, particularly to the victims and their relatives, who were affected by both earthquakes, and reiterate to them our disposition to assist the population and support the recovery works with our modest efforts.

We also want to express our sorrow to the U.S. people, as well as our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and to all of the victims of hurricane Irma.

Mr. President:

I want to convey the testimony of the people of Cuba, who are currently carrying out a colossal effort to recover from the severe damages caused by hurricane Irma to housing, agriculture, the power system and other services. Despite the all encompassing preventive measures – which included the evacuation of more than 1.7 million persons- and the full cooperation of all citizens, we suffered the loss of ten persons.

Strengthening the unity and solidarity of our noble and heroic people

The painful damages to services as well as the loss of social and personal goods as well as the hardships endured by families that spent many hours without electricity or water, contributed to strengthen the unity and solidarity of our noble and heroic people.

The moving scenes of rescuers saving a girl and giving her back to her mother; of a little boy picking up a bust of Jose Marti from the rubble; of students helping families they had not met before; of soldiers from the Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior doing the toughest jobs; of local leaders heading the most difficult tasks have become all too familiar.

During a visit paid to the area that suffered the most severe devastation. President Raúl Castro issued an appeal which literally read, and I quote: “These have been tough days for our people who, in only a few hours, have seen how what was built with great effort has been destroyed by a devastating hurricane. The images received during the last few hours are too eloquent, just as much as the spirit of resilience and victory of our people that are reborn in the face of every adversity.”

On behalf of the government and the people of Cuba, I sincerely appreciate the genuine expressions of solidarity and affection expressed by numerous governments, parliaments, international organizations and representatives of the civil society.

I would like to convey my profound gratitude for the numerous offers of assistance that we have received.

Mr. President:

I still keep vivid and emotional memories of the imposing presence of Fidel Castro Ruz, the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, and the great validity of the ideas he expressed before this Assembly.

On behalf of our people and government, I would like to express our gratitude for the feelings of respect, affection and admiration we have received from all latitudes.

Mr. President:

Inequality, poverty and hunger

On Tuesday last, President Donald Trump came here to convince us that one of his purposes is to promote the prosperity of nations and persons. But, in the real world, the wealth owned by eight men altogether is equivalent to the wealth shared by 3.6 billion human beings, who make up the poorest half of humanity.

In terms of turnover, 69 of the 100 biggest entities of the world are transnationals, not States. The turnover of the world’s ten biggest corporations is higher than the public revenues earned by 180 countries combined.

Seven hundred million persons live in extreme poverty; 21 million are victims of forced labor. In 2015, 5.9 million children died of preventable or curable diseases before reaching the age of 5. A total of 758 million adults are illiterate.

Eight hundred and fifteen million persons suffer from chronic hunger -tens of millions more than in 2015. Two billion are undernourished. Even if the precarious decreasing growth rate of recent years rebounds, 653 million persons will continue to face hunger by the year 2030, and this will not be enough to eradicate hunger by the year 2050.

There are 22.5 million refugees. Humanitarian tragedies associated to migrants flows worsen and increase amidst a clearly unjust international economic and political order.

Cruel and ineffective 

The construction of walls and barriers as well as the laws and measures adopted to prevent the waves of refugees and migrants have proved to be cruel and ineffective. There is a proliferation of exclusive and xenophobic policies that violate the human rights of millions of persons and fail to solve the problems of underdevelopment, poverty and armed conflicts, which are the main causes of migration and refugee claims.

Military expenditures have increased to 1.7 trillion dollars. That reality belies those who claim that there are not enough resources to eradicate poverty.

However, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lacks the means for its implementation, due to the egoism and lack of political will of the United States and other industrialized countries.

What is the miraculous recipe that President Donald Trump recommends to us in the absence of the financial flows of the Marshall Plan? Who will contribute the resources for that? How can this be reconciled with the “America First” idea advanced by Presidents Reagan and Trump?

President Trump ignores and distorts history and portraits a chimera as a goal to be pursued. The production and consumption patterns proper of neoliberal capitalism are unsustainable and irrational and will inexorably lead to the destruction of the environment and the end of the human species.

Can anyone forget about the consequences of colonialism, slavery, neocolonialism and imperialism?

A new inclusive international economic order

Could the several decades of bloody military dictatorships in Latin America be referred to as an example of a successful capitalism? Does anyone know of any recipe of neoliberal capitalism that has been better applied than those which destroyed the Latin American economies in the 1980s?

It is both indispensable and urgent for the United Nations to work in order to establish a new participatory, democratic, equitable and inclusive international economic order, as well as a new financial architecture that take into account the needs and peculiarities of developing countries and the asymmetries that exist in world trade and finances as a result of centuries of exploitation and plundering.

Industrialized countries have the moral duty, the historical responsibility as well as sufficient financial and technological means for that.

Climate change

Not even the rich will enjoy the announced prosperity if climate change is not stopped.

Cuba regrets the decision taken by the government of the United States, which has been historically the principal greenhouse gas emitting government in the planet, to withdraw its country from the Paris Agreement.

In 2016, and for the third consecutive year, the average global temperature increase records have been broken, which confirms that climate change is a threat to the survival of humanity and the sustainable development of our peoples.

We reiterate our solidarity with the Small Island Developing States, particularly from the Caribbean and the Pacific, which are the most affected by climate change and for which we claim a just, special and differentiated treatment.

Nuclear weapons

Mr. President:

The U.S. government has come here to tell us that, in addition to prosperity, the other two “beautiful pillars” of international order are sovereignty and security.

We all share the common responsibility to preserve the existence of human beings in the face of a nuclear threat. An important contribution to the achievement of that goal was the historical adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons under the auspices of the United Nations, which proscribe the use and the threat of use of those weapons that have the capacity to annihilate the human species.

Obviously, the United States strongly opposed this treaty. It announced that it will invest 700 billion dollars in military expenditures and is developing an extremely aggressive nuclear and military doctrine based on the threat to use and the use of force.

NATO member States attempt against international peace and security and International Law by promoting military interventions and non-conventional wars against sovereign States.

As was pointed out by the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz: “Let the philosophy of plunder disappear and the philosophy of war will also disappear!”

Manipulating the concepts of sovereignty and security

The illegal imposition of unilateral coercive measures and the use of financial, legal, cultural and communication instruments to destabilize governments as well as the denial of peoples’ right to self-determination have become customary.

The covert use of ICTs to attack other States increases, while several developed countries strongly oppose the adoption of international treaties that would regulate cooperation in order to achieve a safe cyberspace.

The U.S. President manipulates the concepts of sovereignty and security to his exclusive benefit and to the detriment of all others, including his allies.

The attempt to resort to military threats and force to stop the irreversible world trend to multi-polarization and polycentrism will seriously jeopardize international peace and security, which should be defended and preserved through international mobilization.

The principles of sovereign equality, respect for the territorial integrity and non interference in the internal affairs of States should be observed. The UN Charter and International Law admit no re-interpretation.

The United Nations reform should pursue the principal goal of responding to the pressing needs of peoples and the great disadvantaged majorities. Multilateralism should be protected and reinforced in the face of the imperialist interests of domination and hegemony.

The democratization of the Security Council, both in terms of its composition and its working methods, is a most urgent task.

The strengthening of the General Assembly and the recovery of the functions that have been usurped from it are indispensable.

An exceptionalist and supremacist vision

Mr. President:

The “patriotism” invoked in the U.S. statement is a perversion of humanism, the love and loyalty to the homeland and of the enrichment and defense of national and universal culture. It embodies an exceptionalist and supremacist vision of ignorant intolerance in the face of diverse political, economic, social and cultural models.

In developed countries, the loss of legitimacy of political systems and parties worsens and electoral abstentionism is on the rise. Corruption, whether legal or illegal, has turned into metastasis. So is the extreme case of the so called “special interests” or corporate payments in exchange for benefits in the country that spends the highest amount of money in electoral campaigns and where, paradoxically, a candidate with the lowest number of popular votes can be elected or entitled to govern with a negligible support by voters.

There has been and increasing and unheard-of use of science and technology to exercise hegemony, mutilate national cultures and manipulate human behavior, as is the case of the so called “big data” or psychometry, used for political and advertising purposes. Seven consortia keep a strict control of whatever is read, watched or heard in the planet. Technologies are being monopolized. The governance of digital networks is dictatorial and discriminatory and, despite appearances, the digital divide between rich and poor countries is increasing.

The opportunities and rights of youths, migrants and workers are curtailed and their human rights are openly and systematically violated.

Pattern of systematic violations of human rights

The day before yesterday, the U.S. Vice-president, Michael Pence, ridiculously ignoring the functions of the Security Council and attempting to establish new prerogatives, said that this organ should modify the composition and methods of the UN Human Rights Council, which “doesn’t deserve its name” because “a clear majority of the Human Rights Council members fail to meet even the most basic human rights standards”. I suppose he is not including, in this case, his own country, which will in fact deserve to be included because of its pattern of systematic violations of human rights, namely the use of torture, arbitrary detentions and imprisonment -as occurs at the Guantanamo Naval Base-, the assassination of African Americans by law enforcement agents, the killing of innocent civilians perpetrated by its troops and the xenophobia and repression against immigrants -including minors- as well as its scarce adherence to international instruments.

Mr. President:

We reaffirm our strongest condemnation against all forms and manifestations of terrorism and reject the double standards in combating them.

The urgent search for a just and lasting solution to the conflict in the Middle East is based on the exercise of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the existence of a free and independent State within the pre-1967 borders, with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

The situation in Western Sahara requires an effort in conformity with the UN resolutions to guarantee the Saharan people’s exercise to self-determination and respect for their legitimate right to live in peace in their own territory.

Cuba reaffirms its support to the search for a peaceful and negotiated solution to the war in Syria without any foreign interference and with full respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The threats to international peace and security resulting from the expansion of NATO’s presence along the Russian borders are on the increase. We continue to reject the unilateral and unjust sanctions imposed against that country.

We demand respect for the so called Nuclear Agreement signed with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

War is not an option

We reject the threat to totally destroy the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the home to 25 million human beings. War is not an option in the Korean peninsula; it would threaten the existence of hundreds of millions of persons in this area as well as in neighboring countries; it would lead to a nuclear war of unpredictable consequences. Only through dialogue and negotiation would it be possible to achieve a lasting political solution that should take into account the legitimate concerns of all the parties involved. We support the total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, without any foreign interference, with absolute respect for sovereign equality and territorial integrity of States and strictly abiding by the principle of not using or threatening to use force.

Threats to Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace

Mr. President:

New threats are hovering over peace and stability in Latin America and the Caribbean, in open disrespect for the “Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace” signed in Havana by the Heads of State and Government of our region in January, 2014, on the occasion of the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

We reiterate what was expressed by President Raul Castro Ruz about the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on July 14 last:

“The aggression and putschist violence against Venezuela harms all of Our America and only serve the interests of those set on dividing us to exercise their control over our peoples, unconcerned about causing conflicts of incalculable consequences in this region, like those we are seeing in different parts of the world.

The Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution

“Today we warn that those attempting to overthrow the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution through unconstitutional, violent and putschist methods will shoulder a serious responsibility before history.

We strongly reject the military threats against Venezuela, the Executive Order that designates it as a threat to the national security of the United States and the unilateral, unjust and arbitrary sanctions applied against it.

We reiterate our unwavering solidarity with the Bolivarian and Chavista government and people and its civic-military union led by the constitutional President Nicolas Maduro Moros.

We denounce and condemn the NICA Act Initiative, promoted in the U.S. Congress as part of an interventionist behavior which is intended to impose an economic blockade against the people and the government of Nicaragua, to whom we reiterate our support.

We express our solidarity with former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, victim of a political persecution intended to prevent him from running for direct elections by means of a judicial disqualification. Lula, President Dilma Rousseff, the Workers*

Party and the Brazilian people will always find Cuba on their side.

We reiterate our historical commitment with the free determination and independence of the Puerto Rican people.

We support the legitimate claim of Argentina for the sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Cuba will continue to contribute, to the extent possible, and at the request of the parties involved, its efforts to achieve a stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

We will uphold our commitment to share our modest achievements with the peoples of the South, including the efforts of the 41 652 cooperation workers deployed in 63 countries to struggle for the life and health of human beings.

A setback in U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations

Mr. President:

On June 16 last, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced the new Cuba policy of his administration, which is a setback in U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations and undermines the bases established two years ago to advance towards a new type of relation between our countries, characterized by respect and equality.

The U.S. Government has decided to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade by imposing new obstacles to the already limited possibilities its business community had to trade with and invest in Cuba as well as additional restrictions on U.S. citizens willing to travel to our country.

Those decisions ignore the support from broad sectors in the U.S., including the majority of Cuban émigrés, to the lifting of the blockade and the normalization of relations. They only serve the interests of a group of Cuban origin, based in South Florida, which is an ever more isolated and minoritarian group that insists in harming Cuba and its people for having decided to defend, at all costs, the right to be free, independent and sovereign. Today we reiterate our condemnation of the measures aimed at tightening the blockade and reaffirm that any strategy intended to destroy the Revolution will fail.

Likewise, we reject the manipulation of the human rights issue against Cuba, which has a lot to be proud of and has no need to receive lessons from the United States or anyone.

This time we would like to express our strongest condemnation of the disrespectful, offensive and interventionist statement against Cuba and the Cuban government, made three days ago at this rostrum by President Donald Trump. We remind him that the United States, where flagrant human rights violations are committed, which raise deep concern among the international community, has no moral authority to judge my country. We reaffirm that Cuba will never accept any preconditions or impositions, nor will it ever renounce any of its principles.

Regarding the alleged incidents that would have affected U.S. diplomatic officials in Havana we categorically affirm that the Cuban government rigorously and seriously abides by its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in relation to the protection and the integrity of all diplomats without any exception, including those from the United States. Cuba has never perpetrated nor will it ever perpetrate actions of this sort. Cuba has never allowed nor will it ever allow its territory to be used by third parties with that purpose.

The Cuban authorities, based on the preliminary results of the priority investigation that is being carried out with a high technical component, following instructions from the top level of our government, has taken into account the data contributed by the U.S. authorities and so far has found no evidence whatsoever that could confirm the causes or the origin of the health disorders referred to by U.S. diplomats and their relatives. The investigation to clarify this issue continues, and in order to be able to arrive to a conclusion, it will be crucial to count on the cooperation of the U.S. authorities. It would be unfortunate if a matter of this nature is politicized.

As was expressed by the Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz, Cuba is willing to continue negotiating all pending bilateral issues with the United States, on the basis of equality and absolute respect for the sovereignty and independence of our country; and maintaining a respectful dialogue and cooperation in areas of common interest with the U.S. government.

Cuba and the United States can cooperate and coexist, respecting their differences and promoting everything that benefits both countries and peoples, but no one should expect Cuba to make concessions that affect its sovereignty and independence.

The lifting and total elimination of the blockade

Mr. President:

The Cuban people will not cease in their legitimate claim for the lifting and total elimination of the economic, commercial and financial blockade and will continue to denounce the strengthening of that policy. On November Cuba will once again present to the United Nations General Assembly the draft Resolution entitled

“Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” While inequality, the opulence of a few and the marginalization of many are growing in today’s world, the Cuban people will keep up its struggle to achieve the most just society possible. We will continue to steadily advance down the path of revolutionary transformations that has been sovereignly chosen by all Cubans to further improve our socialism.

Thank you, very much.

 

WFDY: Solidarity statement with the Bolivarian revolution of Venezuela

Source:  WFDY
August 26 2017

WFDY logo 1.jpgThe World Federation of Democratic Youths condemns the threat and declarations of military aggression against Venezuela, expressed recently by the president of the USA, Donald Trump.

Likewise WFDT rejects the measures taken against Venezuela by several Latin-American governments which have aligned themselves totally with the imperialistic North American strategy that aims to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution.

We defend the principles of respect for sovereignty and the right to self-determination of all peoples and condemn the policy of imperialistic wars that demonstrates their  opposition to the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, approved by the CELAC in 2014.

Long live Bolivarian Revolution!!!

No to the Imperialistic War!!!

Long live the peace!!!

WFDY HQ
Budapest,
August, 2017

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Six CELAC Medals at the 2017 World Athletic Championships after day 4

August 7 2017

Source:  IAAF medal table

At the end of day 4, CELAC countries have earned 6 of the 46 medals won by 26 countries.

Jamaica and Venezuela each have two medals, a gold and a silver, while Cuba and Colombia have a bronze and a silver respectively.

This places Jamaica and Venezuela as joint 5th position holders on the medal table while Kenya (5), Ethiopia (3) and South Africa (3) rank 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

The CELAC medal winners are:

Jamaica: 

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Usain Bolt, bronze 100m

omar mcleod wins 5

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown in London on Monday.  McLeod, 23, led from start to finish to take the title in 13.04 seconds from defending champion Sergey Shubenkov with Balazs Baji of Hungary taking a surprise bronze.

Venezuela

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Yulimar Rojas, gold, triple jump

Robeilys Peinado venezuela wins bronze at wac 2017 heptathlon

Robeilys Peinado, bronze (joint), pole vault

Source:  TeleSUR

The 19-year-old Peinado was the youngest athlete to compete in the competition. She was ecstatic at the historic win. 

Pole vaulter Robeilys Peinado became the first Venezuelan to win a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The 19-year-old Peinado was the youngest athlete to compete in the competition. She was ecstatic at the historic win.

“It’s very unexpected,” said Peinado. “When my coach (the Ukrainian Vyacheslav Kalinichenko) was calling me to give me the flag, I did not believe it. He would tell me, ‘I can not be third,’ until I saw him and saw him on the screen.” she told El Nuevo Herald.

“I will not be able to sleep tonight,” she added.

Peinado shared the bronze with Cuba’s Yarisley Silva, both with a record of 4.65 meters. Peinado’s vault equaled her national record, Reuters reported.

“At first I was uncomfortable because I’m not accustomed to sharing a mat with such athletes. But now I am included in that group,” Peinado said.

“I met Yarisley when I started my steps on the pole, and now I’m sharing the podium with her. What more can I ask for? ”

Twelve athletes made it to the final round. Peinado qualified in third place with a score of 4.56 meters, according to the World Athletics Federation.

Cuba

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Yarisley Silva, bronze(joint), pole vault

Colombia

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Caterine Ibarguen, silver, triple jump

UN General Assembly honors Fidel

Source:  Granma
December 21 2016

by: TELESUR | internet@granma.cu

Organized by Cuba’s permanent commission to the UN, the special tribute was requested by a group of countries from several continents.

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On December 20, the United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, who died last November 25.
The special tribute was organized by Cuba’s permanent commission to the UN, following a request by a group of countries from several continents.

Representatives speaking on behalf of global and regional organizations recalled Fidel and his legacy, according to reports by Telesur.
Venezuela’s permanent representative to the UN, Rafael Ramírez, noted that his country is eternally grateful to Fidel for his support of the Bolivarian Revolution. “I had the privilege of hearing him speak, of meeting and working closely with this globally renowned politician,” he stated.

A wise, modest man, loyal to his people and his socialism

Ramírez described Fidel as a wise, modest man, loyal to his people and his socialism. “On behalf of Venezuela we pay heartfelt tribute to a giant of Latin America and the Caribbean, as Nicolás Maduro said, Fidel has fulfilled his task, history has absolved him, and now it’s our turn to uphold his name.”

Likewise, Dominican Ambassador, Francisco Cortorreal, speaking on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), highlighted the importance of Fidel’s legacy for regional integration, based on the principles of sovereignty, peace, and solidarity among peoples, reported Prensa Latina.

Meanwhile, the Group of 77+China described the leader of the Cuban Revolution as an extraordinary statesman.

The UN’s solemn tribute to Fidel Castro began with a minute’s silence, after which Assembly President, Peter Thomson, highlighted the vision of the revolutionary leader, with his call to save the world from war, underdevelopment, hunger, poverty, and the destruction of natural resources vital to the survival of the human species

Daniel Ortega, an iconic regional leader with a Bolivarian vision

Source:  El19digital
November 11 2015

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The road traveled by Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra in these 70 years of life has not been easy. Despite the obstacles and complex situations which have arisen throughout his life, Daniel has remained steadfast in his principles, values and beliefs, which determine his character as a statesman and Latin American leader.

As a propeller of Latin American and Caribbean unity, and Peace and Justice for the peoples of the world, Daniel has transcended the borders of Nicaragua and is recognized internationally as a revolutionary leader whose voice is a light on the way that people must travel to reach their full independence and self – determination.

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On this day, November 11, 2015, as he celebrated his 70th birth anniversary, diplomats, politicians and analysts who have known him for many years report that Daniel is, of course, as is Chavez and Fidel, a symbol of Latin American and Caribbean Unity  that continues to struggle for equality, the restoration of rights and freedom for the great majority of the people of the region.

A Bolivarian, a builder of the Patria Grande

Javier Arrúe, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Nicaragua, says that Daniel is a continuation of the integration and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, initiated by Simon Bolivar and continued by heroes like Marti and Sandino, who were also builders of the Patria Grande.

in that sense, Arrúe noted that “Commander Daniel is one of those historical men, one of those men who continue to set the path of Latin America and the Caribbean peoples who are struggling for freedom , for sovereignty, for Integration “.

To the diplomat, Bolivarian Daniel is a man who has led a life with an absolutely crystal clear position consistent with the path of the Sandinista revolution which favors the excluded and ignored by society.

“Daniel is a historical reference of dignity, sovereignty, courage, clarity , ” says Arrúe.

The ambassador also explained that the Venezuelan people appreciate the Nicaraguan leader, because he has expressed and demonstrated his infinite solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian revolution.

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Daniel, building strong ties between the peoples of the world

The Latin American and Caribbean peoples are not the only witness to the solidarity of Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra. People of the world such as the Palestinians suffering constant attacks from the powers of the empire, are present every day in the mind and heart of the revolutionary leader.

Muhammad Amrro, new Ambassador of Palestine in Nicaragua recognizes that Daniel has transcended borders of America and is widely known in the Middle East.

Particularly with Palestine, Amrro says that Daniel has cultivated a close friendship with his people, forging strong historical ties and championing the cause of the Palestinian people in all international forums.

“The Commander Daniel Ortega has played a key role, both being in government before and then after in all forums for Palestine. We also remember in the 80s when he was in the area doing mediation for the war in Iraq. These historical ties have been strong, very good and the role of Nicaragua and President Daniel Ortega have always been in favor of the Palestinian cause, in favor of the struggle of the Palestinian people to create their own state in the middle east and to have our freedom and our sovereignty , “said the Palestinian ambassador.

” In every forum he has never stopped at any time, throughout these years of talking about the Palestinian cause, (that) we must recognize the State of Palestine “reiterates the diplomat, noting that Nicaragua has played an important role in favor of Palestine.

“This we value and appreciate as Palestinians because almost all Nicaragua vote is in favor of recognizing the State of Palestine based on international law. That relationship has always been very good, historic, very strong and we continue the work we have done through our ambassadors here at all levels. We are working to further strengthen these relations between peoples, between the two revolutions, between the two states , “said Amrro.

 

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Cuba:  we see Daniel as a loyal and consistent brother

“Cubans see in Daniel a brother who has always been ours, very loyal, very consistent with Fidel, Raul,  . . .  he has always been there for us in defense of the Cuban Revolution,”said the ambassador of Cuba in Nicaragua, Eduardo Martinez.

The diplomat said that Daniel has had a fruitful life not only for the Nicaraguan people, but for humanity and the revolutionary people.

Martinez recalls that over the years Daniel has remained loyal to Cuba and its people.

“He was a voice that is listened to with great respect in international forums, when he goes, when he speaks, and even when he does not go to the  United Nations, because one doesn’t always have the possibility of being there physically, but there is his message because other government officials are speaking for him, whether it be the Vice President, the Chancellor, the Ambassador, it is the voice of Commander Daniel representing the Sandinista revolution, the Sandinista people; condemning the blockade; in the struggle for the liberation of the Cuban Five, defending the Palestinian people; defending the just cause of the Puerto Rican brother people.

“Consequently, I think that’s what most admired from the international point of view – the projection of Commander Daniel Ortega as anti – imperialist, revolutionary, firm and never-faltering “.

For the Cuban diplomat, the Nicaraguan president maintains a line of thinking with consequential action.

“That is admirable in the case of Comandante Daniel who has devoted many years of his life to this fight … this is why we admire and respect him, in Cuba he is a beloved figure, “says Martínez.

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The ambassador also highlights the close friendship of Comandante Daniel Ortega with leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Commanders Fidel and Raul Castro.

” It’s a brotherhood of many years, we always remember that the Nicaraguan revolution triumphed in 1979, exactly 20 years after the victory of the Cuban revolution; we always remember all the support over all those years, even in preparing the struggle of many guerrillas of the Frente Sandinista, including Daniel himself, in Cuba.  That formed, forged a friendship and a very strong brotherhood between our leaders, which today remains among Fidel, Raul, Daniel and Compañera Rosario.  There is a brotherhood that transcends any kind of conjunctural situation and is really of the heart,” said the ambassador.

” That’s nice, because in the end we are human beings and human beings who have a historical responsibility.  As Commander, Daniel  was able to transcend his era.  If we are able to leave that mark on international relations, I think we are worthy of admiration,” he added.

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Bulwark of Nicaraguan international policy

To Deputy Jose Figueroa, Commander Daniel is an important foreign policy stronghold for NIcaragua. Figueroa recalls that Daniel played an important role in the peace processes in Central America.

“The Comandante Daniel Ortega we saw in the processes of Contadora, in the negotiation processes for Peace in Central America, the peace agreements in Nicaragua; and in times of opposition also Commander Ortega was an outstanding international leader.  We also saw him with a strong stance defending the position of Cuba, the rights of Puerto Rico, pronouncing our opposition on  the US bases in Cuba, we saw him in the Non-Aligned Movement, as an outstanding leader and most recently Commander Ortega has also been present with great force in the formation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) with President Chávez, along with Commander Fidel, with Evo Morales and other leaders of the ALBA ,” Figueroa said.

For the Sandinista deputy, Commander Daniel enjoys great prestige and great moral authority as a statesman and as a Latin American leader.

“Commander Ortega is recognized not only because of the level of commitment he has displayed throughout his political history but also because of his good governance as head of the presidential administration in Nicaragua. His work is also recognized in many other areas such as public safety, tourism, foreign investment and public-private partnership,” says Figueroa.

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Nicaragua knows that it is on the right track

The General (R) Alvaro Baltodano, presidential adviser for investments argues that Commander Daniel has favored in his government in the last two presidential terms a  philosophy of dialogue and a partnership model, leading the country in the right direction.

According to Baltodano this approach has gained the support of more than 70% of the country’s population and is recognized internationally as well as at the level of financial multilateral organizations.

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Respected by the World Bank and the IMF

“The alliance sees President Ortega working with the private sector closely; sitting with the national social movements of Nicaragua,  while progress is seen in the fight against poverty … the multilateral organizations, which measure all countries with a parameter and the parameters say that Nicaragua has made progress in the fight against poverty,” Baltodano said.

” the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, say the economy walks well, the rating agencies have given us a better level. The president is clear that that is not enough, we must do more, we must make qualitative leaps, and he has proposed making large strategic projects in Nicaragua, strategic projects are not created if there is no will to do it,” added General (R) Alvaro Baltodano.

Reference of Latin American revolutions

History has linked Daniel and Nicaragua, one cannot speak of Daniel Ortega and not mention Nicaragua, and vice versa.

Aminta Buenaño, Ambassador of Ecuador in Nicaragua, expressed the fraternal greetings and wishes for health and prosperity at the 70 birth anniversary of Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra.

As she says, “Daniel Ortega for Ecuadorians is a reference of Latin American revolutions, (he) is a very important historical reference, which should be taken into account when speaking of integration, sovereignty, justice and equity in Latin America. ”

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Buenaño argues that Daniel is a very important partner in the framework of the ALBA countries for his willingness to cooperate, support and his solidarity especially with Latin America.

“In this regard, Ecuador has a special predisposition, a special friendship toward Nicaragua, to President Daniel Ortega, who during his tenure has displayed consistent credibility, a sense of justice to his word and especially a commitment to the development of this beautiful country Nicaragua, a country which has been a cradle of poets and revolutionaries,” said the diplomat.

” with his words, his actions, his historical struggles, Commander Daniel, has marked a line inside which means that important strategic geopolitical space. He is ALBA. ALBA is a fundamental space for all countries seeking integration and economic sovereignty of our region. In this sense Commander Daniel Ortega is a leader also in the struggle and history of ALBA ,” says Buenaño.

For the ambassador of the South American country, Daniel Ortega has developed a tenacious struggle against poverty and for equity and distribution of wealth, “so we feel we are following the same path, the same path and all are countries that are united in regional bodies such as the CELAC and ALBA “.

Daniel is the best son of Sandino

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Former Foreign Minister, Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann said that Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a reference figure not only in Latin America but the world.

“Even in the past, most recondite corners of the world Daniel is known, Daniel is respected, Daniel is admired for his fidelity to the ideals, for those wonderful ideals for which our heroes and martyrs fought , and being hands down the best son of Sandino and the undisputed leader always of  the Sandinista National Liberation Front, that much resonance was worldwide ,” says the priest.

Brockmann stresses that President Daniel is also a leader in environmental protection of mother earth and in the fight for equality and dignity of every human being.

The former foreign minister’s role has been filled by Rosario Murillo.

“I always find that she has also contributed much to complement the necessarily more masculine vision of Daniel … That I would have mentioned in several countries, they tell me, but father how is this done … being like Daniel, and listening to women?  And Daniel is lucky Rosario also helps you to have this more holistic view of human beings , “he said.

 

Vice Halleslevens: Commander Daniel has transcended the borders of America

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of President of the Republic, Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra, Vice President Omar Halleslevens,  said that the Sandinista leader and current president has transcended the borders of Nuestramérica and has become a true Latin American leader.

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“I think Daniel has become truly known in Nicaragua today, … Daniel is an undeniable leader for all he has done for this country through discipline, because in these things, often discipline is important,” said General (R) Omar Halleslevens.

General Halleslevens confirms that Daniel is a leader for Latin America because of his continued participation in the life of the country , because as a leader he has been developing successful public policies, … “that’s completely undeniable, that’s a fact Daniel Ortega has for a while in this country, and hopefully, we will have many more decades of leadership as he has been demonstarting and that the people will continue to have all these victories and successes that has been occurring every day,…these pockets of extreme poverty, these pockets still hungry in our country, are gradually reduced as blissfully is happening in Nicaragua and that has been recognized by international organizations , “says Halleslevens.

According to the Vice President, Daniel has managed to lead the country in the right direction. “Today we have robust macroeconomic indicators which show that tourism is growing, foreign direct investment is growing every year, the stability that the country continues to deepen and that all this is for the welfare of the people of Nicaragua.”

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