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Aug. 20, 1999.
CUBA CAN FOLLOW CHINA MODEL WHILE CASTRO EASILY MAINTAINS 'DISCIPLINE' By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.
HAVANA - Fidel Castro continues his verbal attack speeches and repression, emulating the Chinese model. He gave a red-hot anti-capitalist speech upon closing the International Youth and Student Seminar (on Neoliberalism) held at this capital Aug. 15-18. That seemed at odds with the last news heard from Washington in the area of Cuban-American relations.
But this is a road heavily "mined" over the last four decades. It seems about to become transitable again. Among the important "mine-sweepers" recently visiting Cuba were the Democratic Party Senators Tom Daschle and Byron Dorgan as well as the president of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Donahue. So many times has the pitcher been dipped; it must be starting to crack!
It is said that President Bill Clinton has agreed to a review of the embargo, possibly allowing greater flexibility, especially in the areas of food and medicine. According to some analysts, when businessmen and farmers become interested in topics previously left only to politicians, the route of future developments changes.
That seems to be the case here. Certainly the millions of dollars Cuba spends on food imports yearly is not a menial figure for the North American agriculture producers, especially if one counts on a doubling of those figures, once tourism opens up.
It is not all roses on that path although it is a long and thorny way. One item complicating matters is the internal situation with many political prisoners held by a systemized repression, at times subtle, at times blatant.
Cuba is not China but it can copy many things from that model: A market economy, the capitalist evolution of many of the national interests while all along keeping an iron hand on the matter of individual freedoms. It should be an easy task for the Cuban government to accomplish this, having only a few millions in the population compared to the Chinese numbers exceeding a thousand million. We shall see if this courtship between Cuba and the United States prospers.
Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.
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