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China and Cuba Officials Meet
The Chinese leader welcomed the visitor, whom he called an important figure in sports that had offered all his support to Beijing Olympics.

Fernandez requested his interlocutor to pass on a friendly greeting from Cuban leader Fidel Castro and President Raul Castro to Chinese Head of State Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and this Asian nation's political leadership.

He also recalled that since March, the Cuban government had announced its support to China to hold the world sports event, against any interference and other foreign maneuvers.

Li was accompanied in the meeting by Liu Qi, member of the Chinese Communist party Political Bureau and President of the Olympic Organizing Committee, and two other officials from his country.

The Cuban leader, who is also president of the Caribbean Island's Olympic Committee, attended the meeting together with Christian Jimenez, president of the Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Institute, and Carlos Miguel Pereira, Cuban ambassador.

Fernandez highlighted that he had been guest to five Olympics and he could testify to their excellent organization, high quality of services and assistance by volunteers and all the Chinese people to the athletes and delegations.

In the friendly meeting, Vice-prime Minister Li Kegiang highlighted that both countries have maintained satisfactory diplomatic relations for 48 years, supporting each other in essential issues.

In that context he referred to the quick sending of a Cuban medical brigade in May, to help the victims of the earthquake that devastated the Chinese Sichuan province.

(Radio Rebelde)

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