Chinese dictator strikes deals with Cuban dictator
Xi's own Latrine-Palooza takes him to Castrogonia
Well, here it is at last: a flurry of official reports and staged photos to document the visit of Chinese dictator Xi to the nation formerly known as Cuba.
The incredible shrinking dictator, Fidel Castro, welcomed Xi at his palatial villa just outside Havana. One Cuban exile emailed me this comment, which deserves some kind of prize for its Spanish prose style (no English translation can really do it justice):
"observen el nuevo tamaño de la Bestia, agarrandose del chino Xi, quién en realidad no es tan alto, y la cara de escarabajo suplicante con la que mira al Mandarin. Un verdadero festín para los ojos de quienes sabemos cuanta maldad ha salido de tan despreciable engendro."
translation: "Notice the new size of The Beast, as he clings to the Chinese Xi, who isn't really all that tall, and notice the way in which he looks at the Mandarin with the face of a pleading scarab. This is a veritable feast for the eyes, for those of us who know how much evil has flowed forth from this despicable monster."
But the visit to Fidel was cosmetic, or-- as is now in fashion, a question of "optics." Multi-billionaire dictator Xi was really there to visit the de facto King of Castrogonia, not his quasi-mummified brother. Of course, Raul could not control his impulse to bark orders at the photographers, even as the cameras clicked.
From the BBC's expert journalists, who once again display their unique talent in devising understated and very tasteful euphemisms for leftist dictators
Chinese media emphasize Cuba ties
State-run Xinhua news agency reports that Mr Xi visited Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at his residence on Tuesday.
"The two exchanged views on bilateral ties, international affairs and other issues of common concern in an intimate and friendly atmosphere," says the report.
The Beijing Times notes that besides "visiting old friends", Mr Xi also discussed economic co-operation with his counterpart Raul Castro in areas including trade, agriculture, biotechnology and education.
The China Central Television adds that Mr Xi's trip to Cuba is "more about business than politics" as China is seeking to expand investment in the country.
Zhang Tuo, China's ambassador to Cuba, tells the CCTV that the Mr Xi's visit will "open a new phase in bilateral ties".
"Cuba paid great importance to President Xi's visit with an unprecedented reception. Both China and Cuba are expecting Mr Xi's visit to translate the two countries' good political relations into fruitful achievements in various fields," he says.
The Global Times' Chinese edition says Cubans are "hoping that China will help the country to lift the US economic embargo", which was imposed in the 1960s against the Cuban Communist regime.
A Xinhua commentary urges the US to "rethink its Cuba policy". Calling for Washington to lift its sanctions, the article points out that China has been a "rising key foreign investor in Cuba" and has granted economic assistance to the country.
"Instead of being an obstacle on Cuba's path of development, the United States should join China and other countries to become Cuba's constructive partner," it says.
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