Cuba Reaches Out to Partners Far and Wide to Hedge Against U.S. Engagement

Cuba Reaches Out to Partners Far and Wide to Hedge Against U.S. Engagement
Cuban President Raul Castro and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Revolution Palace, Havana, Sept 24, 2016 (Cubadebate photo by Ismael Francisco via AP).

Recent visits to Cuba by a bevy of European and Asian leaders highlight a key element of Raul Castro’s foreign policy that he has pursued alongside normalization with the United States: Don’t put all of Cuba’s eggs in one international basket. Cuba learned this lesson the hard way. Pre-revolutionary dependence on the United States, followed by post-revolutionary dependence on the Soviet Union, twice plunged Cuba into economic crisis when those ties were severed. Although less drastic, the current austerity triggered by the decline in oil shipments from Venezuela underscores the danger of relying on a single foreign partner. Cuba’s leaders […]

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