HAVANA - Trade between China and Cuba reached $1.596 billion between January andSeptember in 2015, up 57 percent year-on-yearthe Chinese embassy in Havana announcedThursday.

The growth confirms that China is now the island nation's second largest trade partner afterVenezuelasaid Ma Keqiangeconomic counsellor at the Chinese embassy.

Ma added that Chinese exports to Cuba reached $1.33 billion in the first three quartersup by82.4 percent.

HoweverCuban exports to China have actually droppeddue to a decrease in the productionof nickelwhich is the country's principal export,in addition to tobacco.

Ma also said more than 40 Chinese companies will participate in the 33rd HavanaInternational Fair on Nov 2-to further promote trade relations between the two countries.

The companies are mostly related to the automotivehome appliancesmachinery and lightindustry sectorshe said.



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