[Marxism] Chinese think tank on Cuba: "U.S. must rethink its policies toward Cuba"
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jun 7 09:51:02 MDT 2008
Walter advised us to read:
>May 31, 2008
>The makings of a China-Latin love affair
>By William Ratliff
I often wonder if Walter reads some of the stuff he crossposts here,
especially the more obnoxious items like Ratliff's, a fellow at the
Hoover Institute. If he read this item and thinks it is of
inspirational value, that's all the more regrettable.
Yet in the words of Mao Xianglin, an ILAS Cuba specialist, "Socialist
Cuba can catch up with and surpass others only by moving rapidly to
break out of its intellectual straitjacket and intensifying its
reforms". Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has tried without success to get
China to join an anti-American front. Though it is exploring oil and
other matters, on balance China has more to lose than gain from
Venezuela's efforts to destabilize the region and promote economic
ideas that will certainly only make countries poorer and more unstable.
Despite all the efforts by some to paint China as pro-socialist and
anti-imperialist, it is pretty obvious from the above that it is not.
When people advise Cuba to "break out of its intellectual
straitjacket" and intensify its reforms, you can read through the
double-talk and understand what it means: put an end to that
socialist foolishness. And Chavez "has tried without success to get
China to join an anti-American front." I wonder what the full story
is on that. He must have asked them to offer some concrete resistance
to the Empire. Good luck.
Word has seeped out of Washington that at the Shannon meetings in
2006 the Chinese promised not to meddle in Latin politics. Last year
the author asked a top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official working
in international affairs if China wanted to get involved changing
political systems in Latin America. He said "No. Why should we? We
are perfectly happy with a system controlled by elites that keeps
real popular involvement to a minimum, so long as they do not crash
and continue to enforce the agreements made with us."
Let me repeat this with emphasis, even though I hate to use
upper-case. Here it is appropriate. A top CCP official believes: WE
ARE PERFECTLY HAPPY WITH A SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY ELITES THAT KEEPS
REAL POPULAR INVOLVEMENT TO A MINIMUM, SO LONG AS THEY DO NOT CRASH
AND CONTINUE TO ENFORCE THE AGREEMENTS MADE WITH US.
The challenges for Latin American countries in the years ahead
include investing the profits from China trade and FDI, and using the
inspiration of the Chinese example, to lay a long-term foundation for
national well-being, cultivating whatever traditional cultural and
civic values do not prevent the development of broadly based economic
progress. This will mean both rejecting the temptations of hopeless
and disruptive Chavista populism and carrying out more than
half-hearted reforms, both changes that would also benefit China and
the United States.
You'll note that Ratliff sees the US and China as having mutual
interests in Latin America: rejecting Chavista populism and carrying
out ore than half-hearted reforms. In other words, neoliberalism full
China needs to reduce logistical problems of long distances, perhaps
in part by more joint Latin ventures for the United States and Latin
markets, cultivate greater common cultural ground, not least by
increasing cultural institutes, and the like. Assuming the
continuation of something like China's current development
trajectory, and a lasting major US role in the Western Hemisphere,
the two large nations could work together to promote a more stable
and prosperous region that would benefit themselves and Latin
Americans as well.
What a joke. A more stable and prosperous region will only come about
by adopting the very Chavista reforms that this Hoover Institute creep rejects.
Dr William Ratliff is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover
Institution and an adjunct fellow at the Independent Institute.
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