Message Sent by China’s Hu Jintao to Fidel Castro
April 19, 2011
Dear Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz:
On the occasion of the successful closing of the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, I am writing to you to express, on behalf of the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party and in my name, my most sincere respect and most cordial greetings.
The 6th Congress of Cuba’s Communist Party, which marked the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, has been a Congress that inherits the past and looks forward to the future. Over the past 50 years, as founder and promoter of the revolution and construction of Cuba, You, without fearing any foreign pressures, have led the Cuban people in the safeguarding of national sovereignty and dignity, in firmly defending the socialist path, and achieving goals in the construction of socialism, which have called the attention of all. For all this, you have not only won the respect and support of the Cuban people, but also the admiration of the nations of the world.
You are an illustrious revolutionary, ideologist, strategist and statesman. Some 51 years ago, in a meeting attended by one million Cubans in Havana’s Revolution Square, you firmly declared the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the People’s Republic of China, which made Cuba the first country in Latin America to have had such relations with China, thus opening a new era for Sino-Cuban and Sino-Latin American links.
You have always been deeply involved in the promotion of Cuba-Chinese friendship; you closely follow the development process of China and have offered us friendly assistance and support, by making important contributions to the permanent unfolding of friendship and cooperation between both parties and nations. Today, we are pleased to state that the Sino-Cuban friendship, which was jointly initiated and enhanced by comrades Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, You and Raul and other leaders, has deeply rooted in the heart of our peoples and has started a new period of comprehensive development.
At present, both China and Cuba are undergoing a crucial development stage. I am convinced that, under the leadership of Comrade Raul Castro Ruz, the revolution and the socialist construction of Cuba will undoubtedly reach new success. I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate that whatever the changes in the international situation, China’s Party and government will persist in the lasting friendship with Cuba; we will support, as always, the Cuban people in their fair struggle for the safeguarding of national sovereignty and against foreign intervention; we will support Cuba in exploring the path to social and economic development within our reach, and we will boost friendly and cooperation relations between both Parties and countries.
Wishing you much happiness and good health,
General Secretary of the Central Committee of China´s Communist Party