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Chinese premier arrives in Cuba for official visit

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang waves to reporters as he is escorted by Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel, after his arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Li Keqiang is on a two-day official visit to Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
September 24, 2016 - 5:15 PM

HAVANA - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Cuba's capital for an official visit designed to deepen commercial and political ties between the two countries.

Li was greeted at Jose Marti International Airport by First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel and other Cuban officials. The Chinese premier then attended a wreath-laying ceremony Saturday at the Monument to Jose Marti, overlooking the iconic Revolution Square in central Havana.

Officials say the two countries signed several bilateral accords, including ones related to investment in tourism and telecommunications.

China is Cuba's second-largest trading partner, and Li's visit, which includes a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, is seen as an effort to boost investment in the island nation.

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