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>> Cuba's not waiting for the US embargo to be lifted. It's got China. I'm Mark Frank, Reuters correspondent here in Havana. And these days it's hard to miss the Chinese presence. The buses are Yutong, the trucks Seenotrot, the rental cars Geely, the house appliances Haier, Cuba is cashed short, and China provides the island with soft credits and cheap products.
Communist Cuba is the only communist Country in Latin America and the Caribbean. It's helped China become the second most important economic player in the region after the United States. A Chinese company recently signed a half billion dollar golf course resort project here in Cuba. Another Chinese company is plowing tens of millions of dollars into bio-electric plants attached to Cuban sugar mills.
There's a third Chinese company in eastern Cuba helping to build new port facilities. With a new administration in Washington demanding a better deal from both China and Cuba, the question is, where the two communist countries, half a planet apart, strike a better deal of their own?