Chinese President to Visit Cuba in July

Chinese President Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping

HAVANA TIMES — July will be the month that two major world leaders visit Havana. First Russia’s Vladimir Putin is expected on July 11 to be followed less than two weeks later by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Both presidents are traveling to the Americas to attend the BRICS summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China y South Africa) on July 15-16 in Fortaleza Brazil and will take advantage of their journey to also visit Argentina and Cuba.

Chinese government spokesperson Quin Gang said Xi will visit Brasil, Argentina and Cuba in the week following the summit (July 17-23).

The trip to Latin America by the Chinese president is his second since taking office. Just over a year ago he visited Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. As vice president he visited Cuba in 2011, meeting with both Raul and Fidel Castro.

With the current volatile economic situation in Venezuela, and the continuing US embargo on the island, the Cuban government actively seeks to increase cooperation from both China and Russia.

14 thoughts on “Chinese President to Visit Cuba in July

  • July 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Mr. MacDuff,

    Thanks for asking so many whys. I also have a few whys to ask:

    Why did British started 2 Opium wars, in 1839 and 1856? Why did the British troops massacred over 70,000 civilians just at one place outside of Beijing, let alone of other massacres smaller scales through out the 2 wars?

    Why did Britain occupied Hong Kong for 150 years and Kauloon and New Territory for 99 years?

    Why did the British never stop their effort to invade Tibet, in the 300 years, when controlled India and they went so far as passing free passports to Tibetans as longs as they willing to accept them?

    Why did CIA support Dalai lama, armed and trained Tibetan slave owners, to fight Chinese troops, while known full well that Tibet has been part of China since the 13th century and that the about 40% of the Tibetan population were slaves owned by slave owners,in 1950. A social system that were abandoned and considered “evil” every since the American Civil War?

    Why did the British and American press consider the massacre of Han Chinese in Xin Jiang, in 2009, a justifiable act of Uighur and portraying Uighur were victims of Han migration, while knowing full well that freedom of movement is a basic human right and a Chinese citizen have the right to live and work anywhere inside China?

    Why did Obama Administration released several terrorist that they caught in Afghanistan, from Guntanamo Cuba, but refused to turn them back to China, even they were given evidences that those people were part of the terrorist group that responsible for quite a number of terrorist attacks in China, against civilians?

    Why was No. 7 Fleet stopped the Chinese people from unifying with Taiwan, in 1949, while Taiwan was turned to and legally consider part of China since 1946?

    Why does the US Navy plan to deploy 70% of their war ships and troops before 2020, in East Asia, with long rang missile shields system and long rang anti-missile radars placed along the Chinese coast? Why does US keep sending military planes, ships and personals, spy on China almost at a daily basis?

    Please also don’t tell me that Taiwan was “discovered” by Portuguese in 16th century while you can see Taiwan, from the coast of Fujian province of China, on a good sunny day! And trust me, I did that myself.

  • July 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

    “….That’s reality”. (farmland etc).Yes, I noticed that too. BTW, I am only a casual tourist, going to Cuba once a year, maybe, and I’d like very much to spend more time in Cuba.
    I’d argue it has a lot to do with the embargo, more than you know. Basically, Cuba is an island economy, there is no way Cuba can have a balanced self-sustained economy. It needs external economy to compliment domestic development. To encourage domestic farming, food prices have to be high, which will put pressure on the city residents, then you have social instability. (It may be in the name of freedom, democracy, etc, etc.), you get your own Tiananmen Square. Cuban government, managed to keep people fed, clothed, educated and with healthcare! That’s really something. Is it right for people to criticize the government, that they don’t have certain things? No. Because policy is about trade-off. Cuban people and government made that choice. (the result is acres of land not farmed. that’s economic principle at work. That’s the reality). You cannot have it both ways. Do people have the right to criticize, yes, they do. No need to send in the tanks.
    I am not economist, my take is that there is nothing wrong with importing food. The question is how to use the land. for example, factories can be built, or farming. US embargo took away the first choice (Cuba can be the factory floor for the US, just like parts of China.) And I guess it can be argued that it is better/cheaper to import food than subsidize people to work in the field. I love the Cuban weather, but to pick up a farm tool, working in the fields, and get paid more or less the same as office clerk? No way.

  • July 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I remember this Xi of China, was quoted as saying: “There are some bored foreigners, with full stomachs, who have nothing better to do than point fingers at us … First, China doesn’t export Revolution; second, China doesn’t export hunger and poverty; third, China doesn’t come and cause you headaches, what more is there to be said? ”
    Now he is coming to Cuba, maybe you can ask him all those questions.

  • July 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I think Mr. Zhao made it pretty clear, that, you in the free world can discuss things, but the Chinese people need to eat.
    By the way, you seem to know awful lot about popular issues regarding China, but do not sound quite impartial (or unbiased), from the way you phrase those questions. Some of questions do have some sort of the objective answers.
    Thank you for not bringing up Hitler though, judging from the direction of the discussion is heading, the subject is about to come up.
    So what was the initial question again? Whether a strong China is good or bad for Cuba. Right?

  • July 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    As one who spends more than half my time at home in Cuba – hence long absences from blogs – I don’t think you have examined the consequences of the Castro regime policies. Hundreds of thousands of acres of good agricultural land reverting to bush coupled with the now need to import 80% of food. That’s reality!
    I too am critical of the US embargo – but it is not as described by the Castro regime a “Blockade”. Being stopped by the police in the street because we are of mixed race – is that the best possible policy. With friends like Russia and China and North Korea and Zimbabwe and Syria who needs…………….? the best possible policy?

  • July 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    It is wrong to assume that we all belong to the US and that it is necessarily representative of all democracy. Churchill defined the Parliamentary system of democracy as imperfect but better than all the alternatives and the US has an alternative system.
    Why doesn’t China commemorate the Tiannamin Square deaths? Why are people not at liberty to disagree with their political masters? Why is there not total freedom of the internet? Why is the population of Hong Kong demonstrating? Why do the people of Taiwan fear China? Why does China seek to control the territorial waters of other nations? Why is Vietnam worried about China? Why was it necessary for China to annex Tibet? These are the type of questions Mr.Zhao that we in the free (none American) world are asking and discussing.

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