Is Cuba Hoping to Emulate China With Its New Constitution?

People wait in line to buy chicken at a government-run grocery store, Havana, Cuba, April 17, 2019 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).
People wait in line to buy chicken at a government-run grocery store, Havana, Cuba, April 17, 2019 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).
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With its allusions to a planned economy and proletarian internationalism, Cuba’s 1976 constitution was unmistakably a product of the Cold War. Perhaps that’s why the island’s new leaders, led by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, moved quickly to recodify the country’s founding charter. A new constitution, which was formally adopted earlier this month, is Diaz-Canel’s first major accomplishment since his inauguration last year and should set the tone for the remainder of his tenure. Cuban authorities appear to have consulted many other countries’ constitutions in redrafting their own, and one country stands out: China. Although there is no sign that China had […]

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