President will spend two days in Shanghai before travelling to Beijing for talks with Xi Jinping.
Honduran President Xiomara Castro has arrived in Shanghai on her first trip to mainland China since the Central American nation established diplomatic ties with Beijing in March. Castro was met at the airport on Friday by Hua Yuan, Shanghai’s deputy mayor, and assistant foreign minister Hua Chunying, and welcomed by the Old Jazz Band performing a Honduran song at the Peace Hotel, where she is staying. Castro is expected to spend two days in the financial hub before heading to Beijing where she will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping . Honduras switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing after severing ties with Taipei, leaving the self-ruled island – which Beijing sees as part of its territory – with just 13 allies. In Shanghai, the Honduran president was expected to meet the city’s party secretary, Chen Jining, on Friday evening.