[Marxism] Explosion of billionaires in China

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 14 10:53:43 MST 2007

With but two exceptions, this is virtually the entire leadership
of the Cuban government. They don't have time to spend sweating 
over how many billionaires there are in China today. The Cuban
leadership is working hard to keep up its economic, military and
political relationships while putting food, clothing and various
consumer durables in the hands of the Cuban people. If they spent
as much of a percentage of their time attacking these partners in
trade who provide Cuba with normal commercial relations on a daily
basis, the Chinese would soon wonder what kinds of weirdos these
Cubans were. The Cubans know perfectly well that there are social
inequalities in China, and that there are billionaires making lots
of money there. Why this should be so urgent a concern for Yankee
radicals must indeed be a source of some curious wonderment by any
Chinese or Cubans who pay attention to such matters.

Walter Lippmann
Havana, Cuba


November 14, 2007

Chinese Leader Meets with Cuban Officials
Arnaldo Musa: 

Wang Zhaoguo, a member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo, held
talks with several Cuban government and Communist Party officials on
Tuesday in Havana.

The Chinese guest is also vice president of The Standing Committee of
China's National People's Congress (parliament) and president of the
All-China Federation of Trade Unions.

Wang Zhaoguo briefed the Cuban leaders on the results of the recently
concluded 17th Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The Chinese delegation was welcomed at the headquarters of the
Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in Havana by Jose Ramon Machado
Ventura, member of the Central Committee Politburo.

Also attending the meeting for Cuba were Vice Presidents Esteban Lazo
and Carlos Lage, Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon, Public Health
Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer, Basic Industry Minister Yadira Garcia,
Transportation Minister Jorge Luis Sierra, Foreign Minister Felipe
Perez Roque, President of the Central Bank Francisco Soberon,
Government Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Foreign Commerce Minister
Raul de la Nuez Ramirez, Informatics and Communications Minister
Ramiro Valdes Menendez, and other officials.

Earlier in the day, Wang Zhaoguo laid a wreath before the monument to
Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at Revolution Square.

The Chinese delegation headed by Zhaoguo will remain in Cuba until

China, Cuba see deepening exchanges, CPC party official says  

HAVANA, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- China and Cuba have seen increasing high-level
visits and deepened exchanges of experience in years, a visiting Communist
Party of China (CPC) official said Tuesday. The visits and exchanges of
experience on governance have brought benefits to the construction of the
countries and parties of both sides, said Wang Zhaoguo, a member of the
Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.  

Wang, also vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's
Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, kicked off his three-day Cuba tour
from Monday.  

Since the 1990s, the two countries have secured stable development of
bilateral ties, as they have strengthened their cooperation in areas such as
politics, economy, science and technology and culture, and supported each
other in international affairs, said Wang.  

Wang made the remarks while meeting with Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, a
member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist
Party of Cuba and vice-president of the Council of State of Cuba.  

Wang also briefed Machado and other Cuban officials on the just-concluded
17th National Congress of the CPC, as well as the building of the CPC
governing capacity, scientific outlook on development and the construction
of a moderately prosperous society.  

Machado said Wang's visit embodies the mutual trust and friendship between
the two peoples and parties.  

The Communist Party of Cuba attaches importance to relations with China and
will work closely with the Chinese side to push forward bilateral friendly
cooperation in a comprehensive manner, said Machado.  

Before the meeting, Wang placed a wreath on the Jose Marti Monument at
Havana's Revolution Square.  

On Tuesday afternoon, Wang also visited the prestigious Latin American
Medical School, which has trained thousands of medical processionals for
free for some Latin American and African nations.     

At last month's 17th CCP congress, President Hu Jintao declared: 
"Practices since the publication of the Communist Manifesto nearly 160 
years ago have proven that only when Marxism is integrated with the 
conditions of a specific country, advances in step with the times and is 
tied to the destiny of the people can it demonstrate its strong 
vitality, creativity and appeal."

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