The Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed on Tuesday that the United States was single-handedly responsible for all woes that Cuban people suffer under communism and asserted Beijing “stands ready to work with Cuba,” presumably to suppress the nationwide protests that began this weekend.
Cuba is a member of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an infrastructure debt trap program run by the Communist Party of China, and is one of Beijing’s oldest allies. Both countries are members of the United Nations Human Rights Council and energetically defend themselves in that venue against the overwhelming evidence of human rights atrocities committed by their respective regimes.
Protests erupted in at least 20 municipalities throughout Cuba on Sunday calling for an end to the 62-year communist rule people have endured there. While Cuban dissident organizations have invested decades in organizing civil society to demand respect for their basic civil rights, plans to