A long relationship that began while Cuba had normal diplomatic relations with the United States.
|Chinese Premier Li Peng and Fidel Castro in Havana in 1995|
President Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, exchanged congratulatory messages with Raul Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two communist dictatorships.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara with a Cuban delegation visited Mainland China and met with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and other high ranking Chinese officials in November 1960 to discuss conditions in Cuba and in Latin America, and the prospects for communist revolution in the Western Hemisphere.
|Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Chairman Mao Zedong dining in 1960|
This was at a time that Havana still had normal diplomatic relations with the United States. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States were severed on January 3, 1961.
Relations between China and Cuba cooled in 1964 when the Castro regime sided with the Soviet Union in the Sino-Soviet split, but warmed again in 1989 following the Tiananmen Massacre. The Castro regime was one of the few governments to support the massacre, and the Castro regime had distanced itself from the Soviet Union viewing Perestroika and Glasnost as existential threats to their rule.
Cuba's relationship with the Soviet Union provided Havana with expertise in biological warfare and biotech that had been denied the Chinese due to the above mentioned split. The Castro regime beginning in the late 1980s began offering that knowledge to their counterparts in Beijing and signed a formal agreement to produce monoclonal antibodies in 2002.
The two regimes have been working closely together during the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Above is a video presentation given in April 2020 on this relationship.
At the United Nations Human Rights Council on July 1, 2020 the Castro regime took the lead in backing the new security law in Hong Kong that effectively ends autonomy there.
|President Miguel Diaz-Canel and his wife with President Xi Jinping and his wife in Beijing, Nov. 8, 2018. |