Sergio Cabrera was awe-struck by the adventures of Nieve Guerra, the child protagonist of the diary/novel authored by Cuban novelist Wendy Guerra. “Eight years ago, someone gave me a book for my birthday that I enjoyed immensely and moved me to tears.”
Though political factors have taken center stage in Hong Kong’s current and massive protests, economic and financial interests could turn the tide definitively. Cuban HT reader Isidro Estrada brings us a first hand view of the situation from Peking.
As Cuba receives Chinese President Xi Xinping on Monday, a growing number of Chinese businesspeople cross their fingers, hoping for the slightest commercial opportunity on the island.
Cuban visual artist Asniel Herrera Gonzalez, also known as “Chuli”, is taking in Peking’s incipient summer, fighting to overcome the “motion sickness”, that dizzying sensation that assails nearly all who leave the island for the first time.
The Chinese bank conglomerate “Unionpay”, began earlier this year to offer its services in Cuba, after petitions by Chinese students studying on the island. Having automatic tellers and exchange locales that accept Unionpay cards on the islad also has a collateral benefit for the small Cuban community in the Asian country.
I returned to China from my visit to Cuba to see my family and, to my surprise and joy, discovered there that there were actually two families waiting for me in Havana: my blood relatives and those from HT.
Those who had wondered how long the proverbial patience of the Chinese would last with respect to North Korea have been given an answer. The message was either you sit down at the negotiations table and openly resume talks or China’s gloves are off, big time.
Be warned: A Camel will pass though the eye of the needle before a Cuban is allowed to enter the Special Administrative Región of Hong Kong (a phrase that ought to be written in gold letters on the wall of the Hong Kong Immigration Office in Beijing) ( 14 photos)
My colleague Pedro Campos recently published an article in this space, in which, it seems to me he has lined up for battle his entire arsenal of theoretical weaponry to challenge the economic model that prevails today in China.