Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo left Beijing Monday afternoon, kicking off his official good-will visits to Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States from Aug. 31 to Sept. 12.
Wu, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, is the guest of Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, president of the National Assembly of People's Power in Cuba.
In the Bahamas, he will be hosted by Senate President Lynn Holowesko and House Speaker Alvin Smith.
Wu's visit to the United States is invited by the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
(Xinhua News Agency August 31, 2009)