China donates 5,000 tons of rice to Cuba

The Chinese government donated 5,000 tons of rice to Cuba to help alleviate the serious economic crisis it is suffering, aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Carlos M. Pereira, Cuban ambassador to the Asian country, shared images of the symbolic donation ceremony on his social networks, “as a traditional sign and sincere friendship and solidarity unite both nations.”

The “cargo will be shipped by sea to our country in the coming weeks,” Pereira announced on his Twitter account.

China is one of the main allies of the Castro regime, and has made several generous donations to it during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially of medicines and supplies for the health system.

In mid-September, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, confirmed the arrival in Havana of a plane with 24 tons of medical supplies to face the virus crisis in hospitals and other health centers.

As detailed at the time by the Chinese embassy in the Cuban capital, the shipment contained gloves for medical examinations, goggles and protective screens, masks and X-ray films.

The shipment happened to others who have arrived on the island since July, with lung ventilators, oxygen concentrators and 22 tons of materials that included masks, suits, gloves, goggles, antigen tests and other items for Cuban medical personnel.

For his part, Cuban government owes China 4.643 million dollars in initiatives of the Asian giant for the development of low- and middle-income countries.

According to a report prepared by AidData, a research and innovation laboratory at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, in Virginia, Cuba is one of the 42 low- and middle-income countries that have debt exposure levels with China that exceed 10 percent of GDP.

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