Chinese president ends regional tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution

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Cuba's President Castro shakes hands with China's President Xi during a meeting in Havana's Revolution PalaceBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island’s independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro’s revolution began. The Chinese president also met with his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, who traveled with him to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. China will continue to restructure debt, estimated at $6 billion, import Cuban nickel, sugar and cigars, digitalize the television system, upgrade communications and cyber security and cooperate in health, education and science, according to some of the agreements which were made public without any details on Wednesday. New credits included funding to build a multipurpose shipping terminal in Santiago and a donation to help Cuba’s second largest city recover from Hurricane Sandy, which struck the area almost two years ago.

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