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Passion for China

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The economic and social successes of the People’s Republic of China is one of the favorite themes of the media in Cuba, controlled by the ideologues of the Communist Party, who seem fascinated with the development plans of the giant Asian country, a friend of Castroism for half a century.

While economic relations are the unfinished business between both parties, the Cuban soothsayers predict that “in the world today all roads lead to China,” which “was the victim of a temporary recession in 2009, but resumed its momentum” and is moving toward “a harmonious and balanced society,” based on “strategic measures identified by the Communist Party,” which has governed alone for six decades.

The chroniclers of the newspapers Granma, Rebel Youth, and other Island media reported with astonishment the prospects of the Asian giant for 2010, the year in which “China will displace Japan as the second global economy,” raising its influence in international organs and developing commercial ties with Africa and Latin America, where it purchases raw materials and invests in infrastructure and social projects.

The media campaign from Cuba praises China’s hegemony in the world economy, applauds its scientific and technical development, and predicts an interdependence between that nation and the United States, “which can no longer ignore it but tries to contain it” to prevent its emergence as a counterweight.

Our media barely remembers that China is an underdeveloped country, with 1.3 billion inhabitants and an annual growth of about 15 million people, which multiplies its problems, marked by the gap between the city and countryside, the technological dependence on foreign nations, and the low purchasing power of the population, whose cheap manpower favors the enrichment of the communist officials, who deny political liberties and imprison human rights activists.

The passion for the “rapid development” of China confirms the nexus between the Island bureaucracy and the Red mandarins who are transforming that country.  In both there is a savage capitalism with a socialist facade.  The commonality of positions on the international stage are due more to ideological convergence than to the great amount of “cooperation.”

China is a paradigm of changes for the Cuban elite that slows the opening.  What’s more, the fascination appears to be a mirage.  The fear of losing power paralyzes the tropical mandarins, who hide the board before moving the chips. Until now, they have praised the Asian ally and censured the “enemy to the north.”  Will Castroism be a Chinese curse?  Will we continue on the edges of its walls?

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