Tag Archives: China

August 11, 2014

After offshore oil failure, Cuba shifts energy focus

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration, sources close to the industry say. With so much oil readily available around the world, oil… read more »

July 25, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Rubio Discovers Void, Proposes More of What Created It

In 1992, Brigadier General Simon P. Worden, then serving at the Department of Defense, coined the phrase “self-licking ice cream cones” to describe a curiosity of Washington bureaucratic life.  This is defined as a process that offers few benefits and exists primarily to justify its own existence. The U.S. embargo against Cuba… read more »

July 21, 2014

Cuba hopes for more investment as Chinese president arrives

Marc Frank, Reuters — Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba on Monday evening, stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country after a number of important deals never materialized. Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and… read more »

July 11, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Putin in Cuba, Groundhog Day in America

As Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Havana, and builds closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begs the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our six-decade stalemate with Cuba started at the height of the Cold War.  Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May 8,… read more »

September 20, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: If you shut your eyes tightly, nothing is changing in Cuba or here (so open them).

A controlling premise of U.S. policy is that Cuba must change – by which its Cold War-era authors meant giving up every feature of its governing and economic systems – before our country will even contemplate normalizing relations with Cuba. So far, this approach doesn’t seem to be working.  But,… read more »

March 22, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuba and Climate Change

There is a scientific consensus that climate change is real.  Not everyone agrees, but the people who don’t believe it are answering to an awfully scornful title: climate change deniers. Since assuming leadership in 2006, following the illness of his brother, President Raúl Castro initiated a gradual process to update… read more »

July 13, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Hate in the Time of Cholera

Cuba, we’re told, is experiencing a nasty outbreak of cholera.  Under normal circumstances, the reaction here in the U.S. would be obvious and clear: empathy for those who are affected and offers of help to alleviate their suffering.  But since we are talking about Cuba, life is more complicated than… read more »

July 6, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast:Tale of Two Itineraries: Raúl Castro in Asia; Mitt Romney heading to Europe and Israel

Call it a tale of two itineraries. This week, Cuba’s president Raúl Castro embarked on a tour of Asia that has brought him to China and soon to Vietnam.  The Miami Herald suspects something is afoot (a mystery stopover) because a trip that normally takes one day consumed two travel days… read more »

April 23, 2012

CNPC,PDVSA to start building joint refinery in late April

Reuters- State-run China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) will start building their mega joint refinery on China’s southern coast later this month, a move would pave the way for more Venezuelan oil to flow to the world’s second-largest oil user. CNPC, which operates key businesses… read more »

February 20, 2012

Cuban VP Marino Murillo meets with Chinese Vice Premier

RHC-The Vice President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, Marino Murillo met with Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, as part of his working visit to China. During the meeting in Beijing, the Chinese official expressed his government willingness to work with Cuba towards the strengthening of bilateral ties and… read more »