31 March 2012, Beijing - China's Minister in charge of the General Administraion of Sport (GASC) Liu Peng met with the Cuban Ambassador to China Alberto J. Blanco Silva in Beijing on 29 March 2012. The two sides exchanged views on such issues as competitive sports, sports scientific research, sport industry and sports talent exchange.
Liu Peng welcomed the Cuban guest, saying that Cuba was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with China, in 1960. In the past four decades or so China and Cuba have strengthened ties through exchanges and cooperation in different fields, and the frequent exchanges in sports have in turn helped promote the friendly relations between the two countries. At present, Liu added, both countries are doing their best to improve the people's physique and enrich their cultural and sports life.
The Cuban Ambassador said Cuba welcomes and supports China's policies on strengthening ties with the Latin American countries. It is his hope that sport continues to be an important aspect in the increasing exchanges and cooperation programs between Cuba and China. According to him, Cuba pays great attention to the export of profesional services, including that of sports talents, and is capable of providing expert services in various sports.
Liu Peng noted that Cuba is strong in a number of competitive sports, namely boxing, judo and wrestling. He thanked the Cuban Ambassador for offering help to China in such sports as boxing and baseball.