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Cuba’s Engagement with China: Domestic and Regional Implications. International Institute for the Study of Cuba London Metropolitan University 30th July 2008. Dr. Adrian H. Hearn The China Research Centre University of Technology Sydney Adrian.Hearn@uts.edu.au.

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Cuba’s Engagement with China: Domestic and Regional Implications

International Institute for the Study of Cuba

London Metropolitan University

30th July 2008

Dr. Adrian H. Hearn

The China Research Centre

University of Technology Sydney

Adrian.Hearn@uts.edu.au


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“Yemayá recibe a los culíes en Regla”Pedro Eng (1996)

3rd of June 1847 - 206 arrivals

(records indicate slightly over 300 boarded in Amoy). 10 days later 365 more


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“Paradigma entre las dos culturas” Pedro Eng

  • 苦力(kǔlì) “bitterly hard (use of) strength”

  • 1853: more than 5,000 Chinese in Cuba

  • 1873: more than 137,000

  • Padura Fuentes (1994): El Viaje mas Largo


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Treaty of Nanjing (1843)

Slave imports: 10,000 in 1844 dropped to 1,000 in 1847


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“La Procesión de Cuan Con en el Barrio Chino” Pedro Eng (1996)


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Corneta China


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Chinese - Cuban Food

  • 1865-1890: 4,000 “Californian” Chinese arrived

  • 1919-1925: 26,000 more


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Chan Li Po


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Sino-Cuban relations illustrate:

  • How and why economic opportunities are beginning to emerge in Cuba, and how a growing number of Chinese and other foreign investors are exploiting these opportunities

  • The mechanisms through which Cuban and Chinese companies do business

  • The ways in which political and social concerns are intertwined with the economic relations of these two State-led nations


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Three aspects of China’s business relations with Cuba

  • “Incremental” approach to market development and technology transfer

  • Integrated strategy of industrial development

  • Accrual of social capital alongside financial capital


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1. “Incremental” approach to market development and technology transfer


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2. Integrated strategy of industrial development

  • Build up local technical skills

  • Develop transport and logistical infrastructure


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Yutong Bus Company


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3. Accrual of social capital alongside financial capital


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Roberto Vargas Lee


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La Asociación Cubana de Wushu Tai-Chi


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Roberto Vargas Lee

  • “I speak to you in the name of the school of Wushu, in the name of the State, in the name of the Party, who we are always disposed to defend in anything.”

  • “Our activities in the Wushu School are not only a matter of sport and competition, but also a political matter, which is our responsibility.”

  • “The changes that we are going to see in Barrio Chino are going to be very beneficial for us, and we´re seeing the results already. There are many things that we want to see but we know we can’t have everything; we entrust these decisions to the wise vision of State and the authorities, and we have to have full confidence in them”


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Old Havana: The Office of the Historian


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Las Columnas Commercial Center


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Shanghai Park


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La Muralla de China


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Three aspects of China’s business relations with Cuba

  • “Incremental” approach to market development and technology transfer

  • Integrated strategy of industrial development

  • Accrual of social capital alongside financial capital


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Dr. Adrian H. Hearn

The China Research Centre

University of Technology, Sydney

Adrian.Hearn@uts.edu.au


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