China’s flagship airline, Air China, opened on Thursday [3 August 2017] a commercial office in Cuba to boost tourism cooperation between the two nations and the Caribbean area. In a ceremony chaired by China’s ambassador to Cuba Chen Xi and Air China’s general manager in Cuba Zhang Xin, the office opened to facilitate travel between the Cuban capital and Beijing through the direct flight which has been operating since the end of 2015…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2017

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  • To date, there have been 156 Beijing-Havana flights.

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  • In November 2015, Air China announced it would launch direct flights between Beijing and Havana in late December 2015. During the same month, Havana Club, a Cuban rum, was entering the Chinese market. It was planned that the rum will be sold in China via La Casa del Habano, a chain store that sells Cuban cigars and other products within China.
  • In September 2015, China’s YTO Group donated more than 580 tractors to Cuba. The tractor agreement was signed between China’s YTO Group and Cuba’s TecnoImport. The most powerful tractors (160 horsepower) will be used to harvest sugar, while less powerful tractors (65 to 90 horsepower) will be used to aid farmers and field laborers.
  • In July 2014, President Xi Jinping paid his first-ever state visit to Cuba and 29 cooperation agreements were subsequently signed. Regarding agricultural cooperation, China and Cuba agreed to build a pilot agricultural park in Cuba (Chinese to provide training). In addition, both sides agreed to research and develop the Moringa tree, a tree with high nutritional content that is grown in both Cuba and southwestern China.

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