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Sunday, October 24, 2004


China, Cuba CPs advancing 'socialist cause'

The Communist Party of China soley directs the state-to-state foreign relations of the Peoples Republic of China as well as conducting its own party-to-party program. Officially, the CPC maintains relations and exchange with numerous parties - "regardless of their ideological differences" - based on "independence, complete equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs".

Last week for instance, the CPC met with a delegation of Spain's ruling Socialist Workers' Party to discuss enhancing cooperation between the two parties.

Last month a meeting between the CPC and Syria's ruling al-Baath Arab Socialist Party emphasised that the "level of coordination between China and Syria on the world arenas and UN" will continue.

In June a CPC delegation, headed by Politburo member Li Chanchun visited Kazakhstan's ruling Otani Party for talks "focused on economic relations, extremism, and terrorism" and "improving inter-party relations".

However, some parties are more equal than others.

Exchanges between the CPC and the ruling parties of the remaining communist states, North Korea (DPRK), Vietnam, Laos and Cuba, are invariably described as "good comrades ... forever", sharing "a common belief, ideal and tasks" and "advancing hand in hand".

China-Cuba mutual ties are said to be "experiencing their best period ever" and Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and PRC President said recently that China has set an "unswerving policy on consolidating ties with Cuba" and that policy "will not alter regardless of changes in international situation".

Hu made the remarks at a meeting with Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and vice president of the Council of State of Cuba.

Hu said he highly valued the achievements made by the Communist Party of Cuba, led by Fidel Castro Ruz, in leading the Cuban people to "pushing forward the socialist cause".

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