Reflections by comrade Fidel
MEETING HU JINTAO
I didn’t want to speak much, but he forced me to elaborate. I asked a few questions but I mostly listened to him.
He related the exploits of the Chinese people in the past 10 months. The enormous nation with a 1.3 billion population has been hit by heavy and out-of-season snow, and an earthquake which devastated areas three times that of Cuba; in addition to the most serious international economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
I could see in my mind the great efforts of the Chinese people, its workers, its peasants and its manual and intellectual workers; the traditional hard-working spirit and the millennium-old culture of that country that preceded by thousands of years the colonial period imposed by the West, the same West where the current G-7 powers sit today with their force and wealth, playing a hegemonic role in the world economy.
What a great challenge for this
leader in these times of globalization who in a gesture of goodwill came to
visit our blockaded, harassed and threatened homeland! Are we not one a rogue
state among 60 or more that can be the target of a pre-emptive attack? That
much was said by the insane leader of the empire six years ago, the same man
who just five days ago met in
It is only by using $586 billion from its foreign reserves amounting to almost $2 trillions, accumulated through much hard work and sacrifices that this country is facing the present crisis and advancing. Is there any other country as sound as this?
The President of China, Secretary General of the Party and Chairman of the Party and Government Central Military Commissions, Hu Jintao, is a leader who’s aware of his authority and exercises it to the full.
The delegation he headed signed with
Under certain circumstances, the size of an independent country, its geographical location and the size of its population can play a major role.
Would a country like the
Meanwhile, our marvelous, contaminated and only spaceship continues to circle around its imaginary axis, as one popular Venezuelan program likes to repeat.
It’s not an everyday occurrence for
a small state to have the privilege of receiving a leader of Hu Jintao’s
stature and prestige. He shall now continue his trip to
It is said that in Washington, with
only 20 leaders of the attending nations, the local security measures and those
required by the host to thwart any attempt at physical removal, changed the
habits and every day life in that city. How would it be in the great city of
I summed up for him some of our
country’s assessments on the habits of our neighbors to the north, which tries
to impose on us its ideas, its mindset and its interests with its fleet full of
nuclear weapons and fighter planes; also our views on Venezuela’s solidarity
with Cuba from the most critical days of the Special Period and the hard blows
dealt by the natural disasters. Likewise, that President Chavez, a great
President Hu Jintao reaffirmed his
wishes to continue developing relations with
The conversation went on for 1 hour and 38 minutes. He was warm, friendly and modest, and his affection was obvious. I found him young, healthy and strong. We wish our distinguished and fraternal friend the best in his endeavors. Thanks for his encouraging visit and the honor of showing an interest in a personal meeting with me!
Fidel Castro Ruz
November 19, 2008