Cuba, China sign military cooperation protocol
HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Cuba and China have signed an agreement to
strengthen cooperation between their armed forces, Cuban state media said on
The protocol was signed on Wednesday by General Fu Quanyou, chief of the
General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and by his Cuban
counterpart, General Alvaro Lopez.
Fu Quanyou was on a five-day goodwill visit to the communist-ruled Caribbean island.
Cuba's Armed Forces Minister, General Raul Castro, brother of president
attended the signing ceremony.
Cuban media gave no details of the contents of the accord, saying only
that it was aimed at
strengthening the "friendship" between the armed forces of the two one-party communist states.
Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Cuba's armed forces had
relationship with the Soviet military, who supplied arms, equipment and training.
But over the last decade, Cuba and China have moved to deepen their political
and economic ties.
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