Hu Jintao’s message to Fidel

Beijing, April 19, 2011

Havana

Esteemed Fidel Castro Ruz:

On the occasion of the closing of the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, allow me to convey, in the name of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, and my own, our most sincere respect and cordial greetings.

The 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, held on the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution, has been a Congress worthy of its legacy and looking to the future. Over the past 50 years, as founder and promoter of the Revolution and the development of Cuba, you, with no fear of foreign pressure, have led the Cuban people in protecting the sovereignty and dignity of the nation, persevering resolutely along the path to socialism, registering successes in the construction of socialism which have attracted the attention of everyone. You have, therefore, garnered not only the respect and support of the Cuban people, but also the admiration of the world’s peoples.

You are an eminent revolutionary, theorist, strategist and statesman. 51 years ago during the gathering of more than a million Cubans in the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, you decisively declared the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the People’s Republic of China, making Cuba the first country in Latin America to do so, opening a new era of Chinese-Cuban and Chinese-Latin American relations. You have always been involved in the promotion of friendship between China and Cuba, following closely the progress of China’s development and offering fraternal help and support, making important contributions to the continuing development of friendship and cooperation between the two parties and countries. It is with satisfaction that today we can confirm that the friendship between China and Cuba, initiated and cultivated jointly by the comrades Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, yourself, Raúl and other Party leaders, has established deep roots within the hearts of our people and has entered a new period of comprehensive development.

Currently, both China and Cuba find our selves in critical stages of development.

I am convinced that, with the leadership of Comrade Raúl Castro Ruz, the revolution and the construction of socialism in Cuba will undoubtedly advance.

I would like to take advantage of the opportunity to reiterate to you that, whatever changes may occur internationally, the Chinese Party and government will maintain its policy of enduring friendship with Cuba; we will support as always the Cuban people in their just struggle to safeguard your national sovereignty and oppose foreign intervention. We will support Cuba as it searches for the path to socialist development which best matches its national characteristics; we will continue to offer aid to contribute to the socio-economic development of Cuba within our means and we will move forward with the ties of friendship and cooperation between our parties and countries.

I bid you farewell, wishing you much happiness and good health.

Hu Jintao

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee

(Retranslated from the Spanish by Granma International)

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