Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping Tuesday called for close military ties with Cuba during talks with a senior Cuban military official here.
'To further develop China-Cuba friendly cooperation not only complies with the fundamental interests of the two countries, but also is of great significance for maintaining world peace and stability and boosting common development,' said Xi.
Xi made the remarks during his meeting with Alvaro Lopez Miera, vice minister and chief of the General Staff of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces, Xinhua reported.
Lopez expressed his admiration for China's rapid economic and social development in recent years, hoping military ties would further boost cooperation between the two countries.
Lopez, who arrived here April 24, will conclude his goodwill visit April 29. Earlier he met Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie and chief of the General Staff of People's Liberation Army Chen Bingde.