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Warm welcome for tourists as 1st Beijing-Havana flight since COVID arrives in Cuba

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Warm welcome for tourists as 1st Beijing-Havana flight since COVID arrives in Cuba

2024-05-18 23:34 Last Updated At:05-19 10:03

Tourists aboard the first flight between China and Cuba since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic were greeted with a grand water tribute as they arrived in their Air China-operated Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Friday.

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, Minister of Tourism Juan Carlos Garcia Granda, Minister of Transportation Adel Onofre Yzquierdo Rodriguez, and Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Ma Hui were present at the airport to greet the crew and participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As a gesture of hospitality, tourists were presented with gifts such as straw hats and flowers upon their arrival.

"Although it was a long flight, I felt quite excited," said a Chinese tourist.

"I didn't expect for the flight to be received with a grand water salute or that our group would be greeted with such high honor," said another tourist.

Currently, there are two flights per week on the China-Cuba route, with a stopover in Madrid, Spain.

Minister of Tourism Juan Carlos Garcia Granda stated that Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel has signed a presidential decree and issued a communique, introducing a visa-free policy for Chinese citizens who enter and transit Cuba with ordinary passports for no more than 90 days.

Local authorities expect the resumption of flights to boost tourism, strengthen connectivity and foster cultural exchanges between China and Cuba.

"We are very grateful to the Chinese people. We also believe that the arrival of this first flight will usher us into a new era," said Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz.

Warm welcome for tourists as 1st Beijing-Havana flight since COVID arrives in Cuba

Warm welcome for tourists as 1st Beijing-Havana flight since COVID arrives in Cuba

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Senior Chinese official urges promotion of sci-tech advancement

2024-06-25 20:55 Last Updated At:21:07

Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang on Tuesday urged efforts to continue to promote sci-tech progress, with focus on strategic objectives and key tasks.

Ding, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and director of China's central science and technology commission, made a speech at the second plenary session of a meeting conflating the national sci-tech conference and the general assemblies of the members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing.

Ding said that it is necessary to promote sci-tech innovation via a new nationwide system and accelerate research concerning key core technologies.

He also called for using sci-tech innovation to accelerate the development of new quality productive forces and promote the deep integration of sci-tech and industrial innovations.

Ding emphasized the need to inject impetus into sci-tech innovation by deepening institutional reform.

China will strive for integrated development of education, science and technology, and human resources to consolidate the basic support for greater self-reliance and strength in science and technology, and speed up cultivating urgently needed professionals, he said.

China will work with the rest of the world to promote sci-tech progress and innovative development through opening up and cooperation, said Ding.

Senior Chinese official urges promotion of sci-tech advancement

Senior Chinese official urges promotion of sci-tech advancement

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