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China urges U.S. to lift unilateral sanctions against Cuba

China urges U.S. to lift unilateral sanctions against Cuba

Beijing, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) China today urged the United States to immediately and completely lift its unilateral sanctions against Cuba, stop meddling in internal affairs and manage mutual ties in accordance with international norms.
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Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, deplored as “coercive diplomacy” the punitive measures that Washington has recently imposed on institutions and officials of the island.

The United Nations General Assembly -he recalled- for 29 consecutive years approved with a resounding majority resolutions demanding the end of the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.

“We firmly support the efforts of the Cuban government and its people in their just struggle to defend national sovereignty, to oppose the interference of the powers and to explore the path of development in accordance with their national conditions,” the spokesman added.

Wang made this statement while commenting on the White House decision to apply visa restrictions to eight officials from the island.

The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said yesterday that this measure affects those “involved in attempts to silence the voices of the Cuban people” after the events of July 11, although he did not specify who the sanctioned officials are.

Cuba rejected the action and considered it irrelevant from the practical point of view, although it has political implications, since it is part of the hostility promoted from the White House.

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