Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cuba/China: PRC Becomes Cuba's Second Largest Trading Partner After Venezuela

According to The Latin American Tribune, the chief of the general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is leading a delegation on an official visit to Cuba, state television said.

Cuba’s top military officer, Gen. Alvaro Lopez Miera, on Sunday (May 18) welcomed Gen. Fang Fenghui and the other visiting Chinese brass.

Fang placed a floral wreath to pay tribute to Cuban hero Antonio Maceo at his mausoleum in El Cacahual in Havana.

Later, the Chinese military officials reviewed a tank unit and attended a display of modernized combat equipment, according to the televised report on the visit.

COMMENT: It is my humble suggestion that Washington must become much more strategic in terms of deciding which global challenges it undertakes.

Seemingly, as both China and Russia outmaneuver Washington, the US appears to be permitting itself to be bogged down by vignettes such as finding  300 abducted girls in Nigeria simply because the First Lady deemed it to be a worthy cause, not because it could be successful.

Unfortunately, with the restrictions imposed upon the US and other participating nations by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the likelihood of success is growing increasingly dimmer.

In actuality, the US is no longer a part of the solution, but rather an accomplice in a failed rescue operation that will only depict the US as strategically weak.

The Chinese delegation is comprised of the head of the strategic military region of Senshan, the deputy naval commander and the air force chief of staff, among other senior officers.

Their visit comes less than a month after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the island, which was his first stop on the Latin American tour he made with the objective of strengthening relations with the region and laying the groundwork for the visit of President Xi Jinping.

China is Cuba’s second-largest trade partner, after Venezuela. According to the latest official figures, bilateral exchange between the two nations amounted to US$1.41 billion between January and August 2013, a 25% increase over the same period the year before.

What Washington also fails to realize is that endless foreign assistance from China is enabling the PRC to have an unlimited supply of vitally needed crude oil to support its domestic needs.