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Cuban Minister Says No to Opening Up Economy

Cuba's economy minister says President Fidel Castro's health problems will not lead to any changes in the country's economic system.

Jose Luis Rodriguez made the comment Tuesday in Havana during a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. Rodriguez said there is no interest in adopting the Chinese economic model and opening up to private businesses.

The Non-Aligned Movement was formed more than four decades ago to unite countries that wanted to avoid aligning with either the United States or the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Cuba is to take over the leadership of the group from Malaysia.

It is not clear if Cuban President Fidel Castro will participate in the six-day summit, which began Monday. The 80-year-old Cuban leader is recovering from intestinal surgery that he underwent in July and has temporarily handed power to his younger brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.