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China calls on US to lift sanctions on Cuba immediately

China calls on the United States to immediately and fully end the blockade of Cuba, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Monday.

More than 100,000 people took to the streets of Cuba on Sunday to express support for the government and condemn the massive protests that took place in the country, the country’s Foreign Ministry said that people were motivated by a desire to protect their country from foreign interference.

“China has always considered it necessary to respect the right of each country to independently choose its social system and development path. China supports Cuba in finding ways of development that would correspond to the country’s national conditions, Beijing resolutely opposes external interference in Cuba’s internal affairs,” the diplomat said.

He noted that China supports the efforts of the Cuban authorities in the fight against the pandemic, to improve the living conditions of the people, maintain stability and deepen friendly relations between China and Cuba.

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“China has always advocated the maintenance of a world order based on international law, in defense of justice and impartiality in international relations, and against unilateral sanctions involving military, political, economic or other measures,” he stressed.

Zhao Lijian pointed out that according to Cuban statistics, Cuba has suffered a total of $ 144 billion in losses over the 60 years of the American blockade. He recalled that the UN General Assembly on June 23 approved a resolution calling for an end to the US economic blockade of Cuba. 184 states voted for the resolution, the United States and Israel voted against, three abstained (including Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates).

“We call on the United States to immediately and fully lift the blockade from Cuba. We hope that Washington will improve relations with Havana in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms of international relations, this is in the common interests of the peoples of the United States and Cuba,” he added.

The first mass protests in many years took place on 11 July in 10 municipalities in Cuba. The protesters’ demands include “holding free elections” and solving social problems. Government supporters held their own marches following the president’s call to take to the streets. The Cuban authorities said that the United States was behind the protests in Cuba; Washington denied these words, calling them a “serious mistake.”