By Anthony Boadle | Reuters
Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public for almost nine months, met with a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party official for an hour on Friday, Cuban state media said.
Pictures published on Saturday by Cuban newspapers showed a recovering Castro meeting with Wu Guanzheng, a member of the Standing Committee of China’s Communist Party Politburo.
One photograph published in Cuba’s Communist Party newspaper Granma showed the 80-year-old Cuban leader, who wore a track suit, sitting next to Wu as a young Chinese interpreter takes notes. Another shows them shaking hands.
The meeting with the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Cuba in more than a year was the latest sign that Castro, who relinquished power temporarily to his brother in July after emergency stomach surgery, is resuming some government duties.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro (R) meets Wu Guanzheng (L), a member of the Standing Committee of China’s Communist Party Politburo in Havana April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Juventud Rebelde/Handout
Wu handed Castro a letter from Chinese President Hu Jintao that expressed the “excellent ties” that have been developed between the two nations, state television said in a Friday evening newscast.
Castro, who last appeared in public on July 26, has received foreign visitors in private, including several heads of state during the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement of developing countries in Havana in September.