His­tory, Peo­ple to Re­mem­ber Castro: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent

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Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Satur­day that his­tory and peo­ple will re­mem­ber Fidel Castro, call­ing the Cuban rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader “a great fig­ure of our times.”

Mr Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, made the re­marks in a mes­sage of con­do­lences to Raul Castro, first sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of Cuba, pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil of State and the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of Cuba, af­ter Fidel Castro died late Fri­day at the age of 90. “In the name of the CPC, the Chi­nese govern­ment and peo­ple, and in my own name, I ex­press my deep­est con­do­lences on the death of Com­rade Fidel Castro and sin­cer­est sym­pa­thy to his fam­ily,” Mr Xi said. Fidel Castro, founder of the Com­mu­nist Party of Cuba and Cuba’s so­cial­ist cause, was a great leader of the Cuban peo­ple, Mr Xi said, adding that he has made im­mor­tal his­toric con­tri­bu­tions and de­voted all his life to the Cuban peo­ple’s great cause of strug­gling for na­tional lib­er­a­tion, safe­guard­ing state sovereignty and build­ing so­cial­ism. The late Cuban leader has also made im­mor­tal his­toric con­tri­bu­tions to the world so­cial­ist de­vel­op­ment, Mr Xi added.

Fidel Castro also ded­i­cated his life to the friend­ship be­tween China and Cuba, Mr Xi said. Mr Xi said the China-Cuba re­la­tion­ship has en­joyed great de­vel­op­ment since the two coun­tries forged diplo­matic ties 56 years ago thanks to Fidel Castro’s so­lic­i­tude and painstak­ing ef­forts. “The death of Fidel Castro has made the Chi­nese peo­ple lose a close com­rade and sin­cere friend. His glo­ri­ous image and great achieve­ments will go down in his­tory,” Mr Xi said. “The great Com­rade Fidel Castro will be for­ever re­mem­bered,” said the Chi­nese pres­i­dent. Xin­hua

The great Com­rade Fidel Castro will be for­ever re­mem­bered. Xi Jin­ping Chi­nese Pres­i­dent

The late Fidel Castro.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

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