Xi congratulates Raul Castro on reelection as first secretary of Cuba's Communist Party
 ( 2016.04.20 )

BEIJING, April 20 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Cuban leader Raul Castro on his reelection as first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) at the party's seventh Congress.

Xi sent a congratulatory message to the Cuban leader on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and in his own name.

Cuba has stuck to the PCC's leadership and followed the socialist development path and has achieved plenty for the island country since the sixth Congress, Xi said.

The Chinese President said Cuba has created a sustainable economic and socialist model based on its own unique characteristics.

Xi believes that, under the leadership of Raul Castro, the PCC and the Cuban government can unite the Cuban people and propel Cuba's socialist revolution toward a brighter future.

Xi stressed the brotherly friendship between the two governments and said he looks forward to expanding cooperation with Cuba in various areas.

He said the Chinese side is ready to join hands with its Cuban comrades to elevate ties between the two Communist parties and both countries to a higher level.