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China hands over solar park to Cuba

2024-06-09 12:08 Last Updated At:21:47

A new photovoltaic solar park donated by China was inaugurated on Friday in the municipality of Santo Domingo, in the central Cuban province of Villa Clara.

The official handover ceremony was presided over by the Cuban Vice Prime Minister Ramiro Valdes Menendez and the Chinese ambassador to Cuba Ma Hui.

The "La Criolla" Photovoltaic Solar Park, about 300 kilometers east of the capital Havana, consists of 8,480 solar panels with an installed power capacity of 4.4 megawatt, capable of generating approximately 20 megawatt-hour daily, depending on solar radiation, which would be equivalent to saving 1,830 tons of fuel per year.

"La Criolla" is the third photovoltaic park donated by the Chinese government, with the other two located in Moron of Ciego de Avila and Miramar in Holguin.

Together, the three parks generate 12 megawatt of energy and are already connected to the National Electric System.

At the Friday inauguration ceremony, the Chinese ambassador highlighted that the project is one of the "important results" achieved through cooperation between China and Cuba within the Belt and Road Initiative.

He said Chinese-Cuban energy cooperation is a part of bilateral economic and trade relations.

The diplomat thanked the efforts made by technicians from both countries, who have overcome challenges of high temperatures and intense heat in the project and closely collaborated in the project after the Chinese team arrived in Cuba at the beginning of this year.

Ma reiterated that China is willing to continue making contributions to the energy transformation in Cuba.

He recalled that a few months ago the Chinese government donated 5,000 domestic photovoltaic solar energy generation systems to rural homes of Cuba.

Deborah Rivas, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba, thanked the Chinese government on behalf of the people of Cuba for the international cooperation for the development of renewable energy source projects "that allow the change of our energy matrix and environmental protection."

"On behalf of the government, the Party and the people of Cuba, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for this assistance. This project is very important for our country's economy and people, especially under the current complex energy situation," she said.

China hands over solar park to Cuba

China hands over solar park to Cuba

China hands over solar park to Cuba

China hands over solar park to Cuba

China hands over solar park to Cuba

China hands over solar park to Cuba

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China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

2024-07-14 11:02 Last Updated At:11:37

China and the Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu have been enjoying a long-term and close ties since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1982.

Vanuatu gained independence in 1980 after being under the joint sovereignty of France and Britain. Two years later, Vanuatu and China established formal diplomatic relations. The Chinese embassy was built just a few years after that.

Today, China is Vanuatu's second largest trading partner, accounting for about a quarter of the country's imports.

Earlier this month, China donated a new multi-million-dollar presidential palace in a handover ceremony. It's the latest in a series of Chinese aid projects that includes the National Convention Center, and government offices.

"Vanuatu's relationship with China is very important. It's one of our main important relationships we have. Traditionally, we've had very strong relations with Australia. Australia has been our, and I think it still is our main source of development assistance and trade. But more and more China has been coming into that space. China has become much more important as we see the rise of China," said Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Climate Change of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu is blessed with a diverse terrain and beautiful scenery.

Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila, home to around 50,000 people, is the country's biggest city. While small in size, it is usually bustling with people, thanks in part to the role tourism plays in this country.

The Republic of Vanuatu sits in the Pacific, about 1,700 kilometers northeast of Australia.

It's a Y-shaped archipelago, consisting of more than 80 islands formed from volcanoes. In fact, there are several active volcanoes, as well as underwater volcanoes in the country. Volcanic activity is described as an ever-present danger. The most recent one took place last year.

The country's geography and location in the Pacific makes it more prone to natural disasters than almost any other places on the planet. That includes the ever present danger of cyclones. Last year, Vanuatu was hit by back-to-back cyclones in just 48 hours, impacting most of the country's more than 300,000 people.

About 80 percent of the population depends entirely on subsistence farming as it is an agriculture-based economy.

People grow and sell tropical fruits and vegetables as their main source of income. Some of the main crops include kava, coconut and coffee.

Like many Pacific islands nations, the beautiful country is being greatly impacted by climate change which includes rising sea-level, coastal erosion and damage from more frequent and more intense severe weather events.

China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

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