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China’s Silk Road could come within 90 miles of the U.S. as Cuba seeks to join with initiative

China’s Silk Road could come within 90 miles of the U.S. as Cuba seeks to join with initiative

In light of the expected rejection by the U.S. at the UN of removing longstanding economic sanctions against Cuba, the Caribbean government appears to be turning away from a U.S. administration that is looking to reverse what Barack Obama opened up, and instead look towards China to help expand their trade.

In fact earlier today the Deputy Minister of Trade and Finance in Cuba announced that Havana wanted to not only increase trade with the world’s largest economy, but also join in on their Silk Road initiative which could place Chinese hegemony just 90 miles away from the U.S..

Cuba seeks to increase trade with China and join the Belt and Road Initiative as a possible “regional node” for this plan to spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the island’s first deputy minister of foreign trade and investment said Tuesday.

Antonio Carricarte, who inaugurated the Chinese pavilion at the 35th Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2017) along with Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Chen Xi, said the Caribbean nation wants to become a “hub” of maritime and air transport in the region, mainly through the Mariel Special Development Zone.

“This goal of our country can link us with China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its purpose of extending this project to the Caribbean and Latin America,” he said. –¬†China Daily

China has long sought to find a path to extend their Silk Road project into South and Central America, and Cuba is a prime port of call to be able to facilitate a connection to the Western hemisphere.  And additionally, having a strong presence in and around Cuba would put military and political pressure on Washington who is currently using the South China Sea to impose their own foreign policy will.

For years Cuba was a threat to the U.S. because of their historic ties to Russia (Soviet Union) during the Cold War, but despite the fact that this conflict has been over for more than 20 years, the U.S. has maintained an illusion that the Castro regime is still a threat.  And this lack of foresight appears now to be just the avenue for China to get a foothold in the West, and ratchet up the geopolitical game of commerce to the next level.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com, Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.


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