Source: Blog de Montaner.
With the creation of the new Special Development Zone in Mariel (ZEDM), Cuba hopes to attract foreign investment — from China, especially — grow its exports and generate employment. Based on these measures, can we talk meaningfully of a Cuban transition to capitalism modeled on the Chinese?
I do not believe Raúl Castro is trying to imitate the Chinese model. First of all, because a Chinese model has never existed. There, after the death of Mao, they began to implement reforms to augment productivity, but soon found they were insufficient.
Every change they made led to new reforms, until they arrived the point where they are today: the dictatorship of one-party savage capitalism without labor rights, in which power resides in the strong ties between the political establishment and the Army.
Raúl Castro, for the time being, wants to keep the fundamental productive apparatus…
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