Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao
paid condolences to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro
before the ashes of the founder of the Communist Party of Cuba begin a four-day journey across Cuba Wednesday.
Li, acting as Chinese President Xi Jinping
's special envoy, went to Jose Marti Memorial on Tuesday to lay a wreath and conveyed Xi's condolences to Castro's family members.
Li said that Fidel had been devoted to the Cuba-China friendship, and had been closely following as well as speaking highly of China's development.
He believed that under the firm leadership of Comrade Raul Castro, the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban government and the Cuban people are bound to turn their sorrow into strength, continue the legacy of Fidel Castro, and make new achievements in the construction of socialism.
The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend.
The trip follows two days of tributes in Havana where hundreds of thousands, especially the younger generation, gathered to view a picture memorial to Castro at the Revolution Square and signed the oath to continue Fidel's concept of revolution.
The commemorations in Havana ended with a massive rally on Tuesday night at the square attended by Latin American, African and Caribbean leaders, along with the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.
Raul Castro, 85, thanked the "countless gestures of solidarity and affection from around the world" and ending with the revolutionary battle cry, "Until victory, always!"