Cuba and China: The bloody origins of the ‘special friendship’ between the two communist dictatorships

The relationship between Cuba and China has had its ups and downs over the decades, but their shared interest in staying in power has created a “special friendship.”

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

The bloody origins of the ‘special friendship’ between Communist China and Cuba

Communist China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning on June 4, 2024 described Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla as a “good old friend of China.” Rodríguez’s official visit from June 5 to 9 as a special envoy of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlights the two communist regimes’ “special friendship.”

The relationship between the two communist regimes has been complicated, and not always good.

On September 28, 1960 the Cuban dictatorship diplomatically recognized the Peoples Republic of China. Ernesto “Che” Guevara led a Cuban delegation’s visit to Mainland China and met with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and other high ranking Chinese officials in November 1960 to discuss conditions in Cuba and in Latin America, and the prospects for communist revolution in the Western Hemisphere. This was at a time that Havana still had normal diplomatic relations with the United States. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States were severed on January 3, 1961.

Subsequently, between 1960 and 1964 the two regimes collaborated closely together, but relations between China and Cuba cooled in 1964 when the Castro regime sided with the Soviet Union in the Sino-Soviet split, for instance. The warming of relations between the Peoples Republic of China and the United States beginning in the Nixon Administration did not improve matters.

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2 thoughts on “Cuba and China: The bloody origins of the ‘special friendship’ between the two communist dictatorships”

  1. The story of love and hate between China and the Soviet Union, which at times involved Cuba, was not exactly as told in this piece. The China-Soviet split took place in 1957 when Nikita Khrushchev denounced the crimes of Stalin an purged its circle. Mao got to power in China thanks to Stalin and had him as “his God.” So, he broke with Nikita, to such extent that in Nikita’s memories there is a quote to his believe that Mao tried to kill him.
    When Castro open relations with China in 1960, Mao was trying to become the leader of communism around the world, so, he gave Castro all his support.
    In 1962, as a consequence of the Soviets ignoring Castro in the negotiations for the withdrawal of the nuclear missiles in Cuba, Castro got angry with the Soviets (that was the time when Che tried to switch Castro to the Chinese sphere), but China could not provide as much support to Castro as the Soviets, and sometime later, Castro returned to the Soviet’s bossom.

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