Cuba ratifies willingness to continue strengthening cooperation with China

Cuba ratifies willingness to continue strengthening cooperation with China

Jan 15 (Radio Rebelde) The will of the Cuban government to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation with the People’s Republic of China was ratified today by Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, through social networks.

In his twitter account, he wrote: I had a meeting with Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Chen Xi. We highlighted with excellent satisfaction the state of relations between both countries and commemoration this year of the 60th anniversary of its establishment. We reaffirm the will to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation.

The relations between Cuba and China have a historical background, with the arrival of colonists from the Asian nation who came to work on the Caribbean island, and were officially established after the triumph of the Revolution on September 28, 1960.

Since then, the links between the communist parties, governments and peoples were incessantly strengthened and now enjoy a stage of maturity and integrality and today China is one of Cuba’s main trading partners.

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‘Jazz is a way of life,’ says American Victor Goines

Havana, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) ‘Jazz is a way of life, a way of defining people,’ said American instrumentalist Victor Goines who will give a concert here today, Friday, on the occasion of the 35th International Jazz Plaza Festival.

Goines, a renowned saxophonist and clarinetist, participates in the Cuban classic with his quartet, and assures that jazz as a genre is the result of generations of musicians from all eras who with their contributions helped shape it.

That is why ‘it does not belong to any specific group of people, it belongs to everyone and everyone has the possibility of contributing in its own particular way,’ said the artist in a press conference held at the Cuban National Hotel.

The American and his musicians will share the stage today with the Havana Chamber Orchestra and the Cuban instrumentalist Janio Abreu and his group Aire de Concierto, with whom he has shared the stage in other moments.

‘Janio Abreu has something special,’ said the American about the young Cuban, with whom he collaborated in the recording of the DVDs Our Musical Heritage and Together Again, released by the Bis Music label.

The concert by Goines and his quartet, the Havana Chamber Orchestra and Janio Abreu & Aire de Concierto is scheduled for 19:00 local time at the Marti Theatre, and will be recorded for the production of a third DVD.


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Venezuela denounces constant US harassment to Latin America

FotosPL: Yolaidy Martínez

Beijing, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela denounced today in China that the United States permanently harasses Latin America and the Caribbean because it wants to take control of their natural resources and install governments to guarantee its domination interests.

Speaking with the media, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that this region is a constant target of attempted coups, destabilization, terrorism, communication war, and economic, commercial, and banking blockade.

He defined it as a continent in dispute between its sovereign peoples and the elite governing the United Sates, which seeks to have absolute control of resources like oil, gas, minerals, lands, water, climate, and lithium.

He illustrated this by referring to the situation in Bolivia and his own country in 2019, after the White House convinced several governments to acknowledge deputy Juan Guaido and supported violent acts in order to overthrow constitutional President Nicolas Maduro.

However, the legitimate president gradually managed to restore peace to Venezuela with democratic and peaceful initiatives, and adherence to negotiations to resolve the political situation, he emphasized.

The Foreign Minister also deplored that coercive sanctions and measures, like the blocking of bank accounts abroad, are affecting the population, with barriers in the import of basic products and the development of main economic sectors.

Nevertheless, Venezuela is showing signs of gradual recovery, and the government is working on alternatives with Russia, Turkey, and China to boost its foreign trade.


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Diaz-Canel calls to support new government structures in Cuba

Havana, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel reaffirmed today the need of giving particular attention to the creation of new government structures, as part of the improvement of Assemblies of People’s Power in the country.

On his Twitter account, the head of State added a link to Granma daily, which summarizes his ideas on this subject in a recent work meeting with local government leaders.

This process will start tomorrow with the election of provincial governors and vice-governors by delegates of Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power.

This meeting, led by Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa, attended by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero; President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo; and several deputy prime ministers of the country, also addressed the importance of compliance with the 2020 Economy Plan.

On this matter, Diaz-Canel emphasized the need to carry out thorough, detailed, and systematic analysis throughout the year, taking as a relevant starting point the discussion of the Plan, which is being implemented in these first months.

Right now, it is vital to pay the greatest attention to it, he said, because these meetings will result in the best solutions and potentials that we have in work groups.

The president referred, among the issues relevant to the work of government in its different levels, to the need of strengthening economic and social development, without neglecting ‘for a minute’ the defense of the country in the face of US attacks.


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Prime Minister denounces U.S. financial persecution against Cuba

Havana, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is currently the victim of unparalleled financial persecution by the United States, said Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero.

Marrero told television station TunasVision that such overkill uses unprecedented measures to do the most damage possible to the Cuban economy and the standard of living of its citizens.

‘An unparalleled financial persecution has been unleashed and we are daily looking for ways to affect the population as little as possible,’ he said in Las Tunas province, east of here, where he is participating with President Miguel Diaz-Canel and members of the Council of Ministers in a government visit.

He added that such aggressions caused the paralysis of industries during the hours of highest fuel consumption to avoid blackouts in the residential sector.

This has to do, he said, with the persecution by the Donald Trump administration of companies involved in the supply of energy carriers to Cuba.

Today, Friday, the second governmental visit of President Diaz-Canel and the Council of Ministers to Las Tunas continues, with tours of production and service centers, and meetings with residents and leaders of the territory.


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Diaz-Canel ratifies Cuba’s commitment to its émigrés

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday ratified the island’s commitment to the process of normalizing ties with Cuban residents abroad, described by authorities as continuous, irreversible and permanent.

Through his Twitter account, the president shared a link to the website of Juventud Rebelde newspaper where Ernesto Soberon, Director General of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad (DACCRE), states that the Cuban government recognizes, values, and counts on the work of émigrés, in defense of the Revolution.

Cuban residents abroad have an important role to play to contribute to the development of the country. They have knowledge, a good part of which was acquired in Cuba, and experiences with which they can contribute to the development of our country, he said.

During the interview granted to the newspaper, Soberon said that Cuba will continue promoting the process of strengthening ties with its citizens abroad, started by the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, in 1978, and continued by Raul Castro and Miguel Diaz-Canel.

He also pointed out that the holding in Havana of the 4th Nation and Emigration Conference in April will be a new and important step forward in terms of continuing to strengthen ties between Cuba and its nationals around the world.

He said that among the issues to be discussed during the meeting are the defense of the Cuban Revolution and the condemnation of the US blockade, cultural and economic ties, and the promotion of the rapprochement of young people and descendants of Cuban immigrants.


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China, Venezuela to Boost Bilateral Cooperation, Brotherhood

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza at his arrival in Beijing, China, January 15, 2020.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza at his arrival in Beijing, China, January 15, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @CancilleriaVE

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will hold high-level meetings aimed at enhancing bilateral economic and political relations.

Jan 15 (teleSUR) In response to an invitation from the Chinese government, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Wednesday arrived in Beijing to strengthen strategic cooperation relations and brotherhood between the Bolivarian Nation and this Asian country.

Venezuela and China have maintained diplomatic and commercial relations for 45 years, which were strengthened since the arrival of Hugo Chavez to the Presidency in the country in 1999.

Currently, both nations are carrying out more than 790 projects through a High-Level Commission to strengthen different areas of the South American country, including agriculture, petrochemical industries, mining, manufacturing, and oil development.

“We believe this visit will help to find a political solution to the issue of Venezuela as soon as possible,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at his daily press conference.

It was informed that Arreaza will hold a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday.

“There has been an important exchange among our countries over the last year,” said Geng who announced that China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan will also have a meeting with the Venezuelan official.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Arreaza’s visit will help to strengthen the “political confidence and practical cooperation” among both nations, which in turn will contribute to economic development and stability.

During his press conference, however, Geng did not mention whether the Bolivarian diplomat will meet with representatives from the Chinese energy sector.

On Friday, Arreaza will hold a press conference a the Venezuelan Embassy in Beijing. Later he will visit several Chinese cities until January 19.

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World music at Jazz Plaza Festival in Cuba

Havana,  (Prensa Latina) Musicians from Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany will perform on Thursday in this capital, during the 35th edition of the International Jazz Plaza Festival.

According to the program, US saxophonist Bill Evans will be one of the guests on the third day of the event, during which Cuban Maestro Joaquin Betancourt and his Joven Jazz Band will offer a concert in the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater, where The Art of Chord Melody project and Chilean bassists Chris Galvez and Pablo Menares will also perform.

As a prelude, in the theater’s Covarrubia Hall, a tribute will be paid to the Chapotin ensemble, with performances by trombonist Eduardo Sandoval, saxophonist German Velasco, pianist Cesar ‘Pupy’ Pedroso, trumpet player Reynaldo Molote and the group Osain del Monte.

At the Bertolt Brecht Theater, Norwegian singer Grete Skarpeid, Cuban pianist Alejandro Cuenca and Danish violinist Line Kruse will perform, along with Cuban musicians Orlando Valle Maraca (flute), Yaroldy Abreu (percussion) and Dayme Arocena (singer), among others.

In the gardens of the Mella Theater, the performers will be Japanese flutist Sumiko Trio, students from Italy’s Siena Jazz National Academy and Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, and the Ochareo folkloric group.

The Plaza Casa de la Cultura will host an international night with the Dutch group The Sidewinders, Cuban maestro Bobby Carcasses and US musicians Stan Engels (trumpet player) and David Bradish (singer).

Also from the United States are the group Jan de Cosmo and Mike Lewis, The Common Taters, singer Haley Grey and Johns Hunter Alden. Cuban flutist Jose Luis Cortes and NG La Banda will close the concert.

From Latin America, Mexican pianist Daniel Hidalgo, accompanied by Eldis La Risa (saxophone) and Juan Carlos Paniagua (piano), from Cuba and Colombia, respectively, will perform at the Jazz Café of the America Theater.

Duo Control the Sound (United States), pianist Marvio Ciribelli (Brazil), the saxophone quartet Todo Incluido (2018 JoJazz Award Winner, Cuba) and Lazaro Valdés and Son Jazz will perform at Pabellon Cuba, in Havana.

For its part, Fabrica de Arte will reserve its Nave 4 for Tank and the Bangas from New Orleans, while the Tablao, at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, will host Jam Sessions with pianist Cucurucho Valdes.


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Cuban-developed cancer drug sees positive results

Ciego de Avila, Cuba,  (Prensa Latina) The Cuban drug Heberferon, the only one of its kind in the world, has seen excellent results in the treatment of basal cell carcinoma of the skin in this Cuban province.

Dunia Sotolongo, Coordinator of the National Extension Program for the drug in Ciego de Avila, told Prensa Latina that more than 90 percent of patients treated showed very good physical conditions.

She said that the drug inhibits the proliferation of tumors and the recurrence of the disease, as well as improving the quality of life of patients by reducing the mutilation of the affected area, especially on the face, where it is most prevalent.

For the past three years, the Ciego de Avila health system has been using the medicine in certain health care centers, including the Antonio Luaces Iraola Provincial Hospital, but this year its use will be extended to other municipal units, the dermatologist reported.

The medicine, created by researchers at the Havana-based Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, is the most innovative means in the world to treat people with skin tumors. It is provided free of charge to Cuban patients.


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Cuba supports Australian people and government

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) President of the National Assembly and the Council of State of Cuba, Esteban Lazo, sent to the Australian people and government a message of solidarity following the damages caused by devastating bushfires in that nation.

‘On behalf of the National Assembly of People’s Power, our people and myself, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased, to the Australian Parliament and people for all the damage caused by the bushfires,’ reads the message posted on the Cuban Assembly website.

In the message sent to the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Tony Smith, Lazo regrets the loss of human life, the impact on flora and fauna, and the high economic damages caused by the large-scale fires.

The president of the National Assembly of Cuba expressed his concern about the effects of climate change, which as well as causing and leading to the rapid spread of bushfires, causes drought, the melting of glaciers, and ‘other life-threatening phenomena.’

Earlier, on January 7, President of the Republic Miguel Diaz-Canel extended his condolences and the solidarity of the Cuban people to Australians on his Twitter account.


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