Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, will receive the Friendship Medal that China will present to international figures during the celebrations of the 70 years of its foundation, according to a decree released on Tuesday.
According to Prensa Latina news agency, the text was signed by President Xi Jinping to award national medals and honorary titles to 42 people in the context of the celebrations for the national date.
Raul Castro and six other foreign personalities will receive this award for their great contribution and support to the modernization of the socialist cause of the Asian country, promoting exchanges and bilateral cooperation, as well as safeguarding world peace, said the Xinhua news agency.
Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Salim Ahmed Salim (Tanzania), Galina Kulikova (Russia), Jean-Pierre Raffarin (France) and Isabel Crook (Canada) will also be decorated.
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (parliament) endorsed the awards at a special session on Tuesday.
Next October 1st, the Asian giant will celebrate 70 years of its birth as a Republic and will celebrate it with a military magazine in the square Tian´anmen, where the Army will show the new armaments of national production and the president of the country and general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China will give a speech. (Taken from Cuban News Agency)