Cuban ambassador to China: B&R is a new way of globalization

Liu Mengya, Yeerken, Sanna Selene D.
0 Comment(s)Print E-mail, 02 12, 2018 In recent years, China has worked hard on poverty alleviation, with the aim of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020. In your opinion, what experiences can be shared between Cuba and China in poverty reduction and in what areas can our two countries cooperate?

Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos: I believe what China has done is an historic success not only for China but also for humankind. When you consider that in all these years around 700 million of people have come out of poverty, this is something extraordinary. Cuba and China have both been ruled by communist parties, both consider themselves socialist countries and become important references to each other in the area of poverty alleviation.

We consider that, according to our own characteristics, we can consider some of the steps taken by China. At the same time we believe we have some strengths that can be considered for China as well.

We have a very strong educational system, and a very strong health system, a universal health system. So also our life expectancy is around 78.5 years, women a little more than 80 and men a little more than 76. Children – our infant mortality is just 4 out of 10,000, which is one of the lowest in the world. So, those experiences, we can also share. We have been very successful in the area of general practitioners, the family doctor, which is a very strong mechanism to contribute to health in society. As you see, this is just mentioning some of the ideas in which I believe we could exchange. In fact we are doing so, through party forums – seminars in which we exchange our opinion on several topics – and this is for sure one of them. is launching its Belt and Road Initiative website. We would be very much honored if you could say a few words in support of the website.

Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos: I believe it is a very important initiative, particularly because of the spirit of win-win cooperation that is behind it. I believe it is a new way of globalization. It is supporting cooperation. It is not a globalization to benefit a few, but a globalization that can contribute to the development of the third world countries.

(Note: This interviewed was conducted on February 2, 2018)

(Planning: Wang Donghai; Host: Yeerken; Editing: Liu Mengya, Yeerken, Sanna Selene D.; Cameraman: Wang Yichen, Liu Kai; Photographer:Dong Ning., China Development Gateway)

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