[Marxism] Chinese President Meets Taiwanese Opposition Leader

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri May 13 10:21:39 MDT 2005

EIGHTEEN years ago. That's quite a long time, in my book.
How long must they do penance to receive your absolution?

China in recent years hasn't been doing things of that nature
in Iraq, in Afghanistan and so on. However, China is continuing
to help Cuba defeat Washington's attempt to isolate Cuba via
the blockade. Perhaps Cuba shouldn't trade with China because
of things it did in 1987? China is building up trade with Latin
American nations like Venezuela, and is proposing alternative
economic markets for many other countries of the world so 
they won't have only Washington to deal with. Apparently no
facts will convince the China-bashers that there is anything of
value in Chinese economic policy internationally. Certainly the
US companies and the protectionistic union officials who want
to block expanded relations with the mainland agree on that.

Walter Lippmann, CubaNews
Walter wrote:
>Chinese investment in Cuba helps defeat the blockade:

The New York Times, May 2, 1987
By STEPHEN ENGELBERG, Special to the New York Times

Havana. November 23, 2004

Relations with China reach stage of maturity •

Approximately 10% of Cuba’s total foreign trade is with
that Asian nation


“ECONOMIC and commercial relations between Cuba and China,
which began a little more than 40 years ago, have
progressed rapidly and today we can state with satisfaction
that we are at a point of maturity and a promising future,”
affirmed Government Minister Ricardo Cabrisas at the
opening of the Cuba-China Investment and Trade Forum, which
took place in Havana’s Nacional Hotel.

In addition to Cabrisas, the forum was led by Raúl de la
Nuez, minister of foreign trade; Marta Lomas, minister of
foreign investment and economic cooperation; Manuel
Marrero, minister of tourism; and Ma Xiuhing, deputy
minister of trade for the People’s Republic of China.

Bilateral cooperation is becoming steadily closer and
promises ample prospects in the near future. There is still
considerable potential for expanding economic and trade
relations, Cabrisas assured, going on to mention that
science and technology have made significant advances in
the last 10 years, directed at obtaining and marketing
innovative products with a high potential of exploitation.
These include biotechnological items and pharmaceuticals,
medical equipment, advanced diagnostic means and computer
goods and services of high added value.

He noted that China has attained significant results in
this sphere, which could be the object of mutual investment
to the benefit of the economic and social development of
both nations.

Minister Cabrisas noted that on the basis of China’s
decision to consider Cuba as a tourist destination for its
citizens, the island is working seriously to present an
attractive and safe market to satisfy mutual interests.

He likewise emphasized the potential Cuba offers as a
springboard for business in the Caribbean region in sectors
such as multi-destination tourism and telecommunications.

At the meeting, which took place in the context of the
official visit to Cuba by Chinese President Hu Jintao, the
Cuban minister added that relations with the great Asian
nation are characterized by a growing expansion and a
decisive advance toward greater consolidation.

He affirmed that the forum demonstrates a steadily growing
Chinese interest in the Cuban market and in establishing
direct links between the business sector in both nations to
promote relations.

He explained that the seminars organized within the forum
include those sectors of the Cuban economy where joint work
in the last few years has helped identify concrete
possibilities for extending trade and cooperation.

Cabrisas stated that China has become one of Cuba’s main
trade partners with a 10% participation in the total of the
island’s foreign trade. He went on to note that trade
statistics from January to October of this year ascend to
more than $600 million.

In the context of the development of trade between the two
countries Cabrisas commented on the important evolution of
moving from simple operations just a few years ago to more
complex and diversified forms of exchange in line with the
requirements of the respective markets and international
practices. In terms of investment, he confirmed that there
are 11 joint ventures in the spheres of agriculture,
telecommunications, biotechnology, tourism and the light
industry. At the same time there are three cooperative
enterprises in the light industry and iron and steel
sectors. Concurrently there is another group of important
projects of various kinds in telecommunications and
electronics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and radio
and television, among others.

Even more significant are those currently under
negotiation, which respond to the two nations’ strategic
interests, he noted.

Finally, Cabrisas affirmed that the conditions and
potential exist to place economic and commercial relations
at state level on both sides.

For her part, Ma Xiuhong, deputy minister of trade of the
People’s Republic of China, highlighted the possibilities
of fortifying links with Cuba in various sectors. The two
countries concede much significance to bilateral trade and
economic relations and have taken serious steps in that
context, she added.

She announced that her country’s investments in the island
stand at $50 million and the possibilities of cooperation
in the nickel industry, prospecting for oil, and machines
and spare parts are currently being considered.

Activities and contacts between Cuban and Chinese
entrepreneurs have intensified, as have those between
provinces and regions in the two countries, affirmed Bertha
Delgado Guanche, president of the Cuban Chamber of
Commerce, on welcoming 100-plus executives from the Asian
country to the Cuba-China Investment and Trade Forum.

Some 400 entrepreneurs from the two countries participated
in the event, and in respective sectorial seminars
discussed business possibilities in nickel and other
natural resources, tourism and civil aviation,
telecommunications, the light industry and electronics.

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