Cuba's Communist leaders are vowing not to cede any ground to "the enemy," even as they voice support for a drive to overhaul the island's Marxist economy to allow more private enterprise.
"Making the necessary changes, but without the smallest concession to the enemy," reads the headline in Sunday's official Juventud Rebelde newspaper after the first of two days of closed door party meetings.
Delegates also are promising to fight corruption and listen better to citizens concerns as they move forward with the reforms. But there were no hints from the conference of imminent political reforms, let alone changes to the aged upper ranks of the party hierarchy.
President Raul Castro is 80, and his two top deputies are 81 and 79, respectively.