Cuba celebrates 61st anniversary of diplomatic ties with China

2021-09-29 04:05:18 GMT2021-09-29 12:05:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HAVANA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Cuba on Tuesday marked the 61st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with China.

Celebrations were held online and in person with social distancing guidelines and safety protocols being observed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Havana's China Town, the House of Chinese Arts and Traditions was reopened with an exhibition of antique furniture, porcelain artworks, and family heirlooms treasured by the Cubans of Chinese descents.

Titled "Presence," the exhibit aims to strengthen the cultural, historical, and social bonds between the Chinese and Cuban peoples, said organizers.

Addressing guests and visitors, Teresa Li, director of the House of Chinese Arts and Traditions, said, "this exhibition serves to honor the solid links that unite the two countries."

"Our relationship has been strengthened and will be continued to for years to come," she told Xinhua.

The Chinese Culture Week, which was held by Havana's Confucius Institute, features Chinese movies, lectures and martial arts.

The performers of martial arts were from Havana's Wushu School.

Elisabeth Fonseca, a Chinese descendant and member of the communications team for Havana's Chinatown, told Xinhua the two countries have a brilliant future ahead.

"My parents instilled in me Chinese values and principles," she said. "For the younger generations of Cubans, the relations with China are fundamental."

Chen Xiuzhen, manager of a pharmacy of traditional Chinese medicine, said, "it is very important for Cuban and Chinese peoples to get closer."

Traditional Chinese medicine "will contribute a lot to spread Chinese culture on the island," she added.

China establishes diplomatic relations with Cuba on Sept. 28, 1960.