Fidel Castro is a no show for latest high ranking Chinese officials.
This article More Chinese officials in Cuba for trade talks says Marifeli Perez-Stable, a Cuba expert at the Washington-based think-tank believes the recent Chinese diplomatic activity in Cuba could signal an eventual shift toward a more open economy under acting president Raul Castro.
This is an interesting comment and it made me wonder if they met with Fidel.
I believe the Chinese officials arrived in Cuba on May 8. I have searched to find any news article stating that they had left Cuba and continued on to their destinations in Argentina and Chile or just went home to China.
a. they left Cuba and there is no news about them arriving in Argentina
b. they left Cuba and just went home to China because the planned trips to other countries were just a distraction so it didn’t look like they just went to Cuba and back home again.
c. they are still in Cuba
Why do I bring all this up?
Whether they left Cuba and went to Argentina or back to China, what is missing from any news article about these Chinese officials in Cuba?
NO MEETING WITH FIDEL CASTRO.
I’ll say it again. No meeting with Fidel Castro. To me this is just another sign that Fidel is fading away from public life even more and thus is closer to death perhaps at any time in the recent past.
Now, going on the assumption that the Chinese officials did not meet with Fidel, there are three reasons why Fidel didn’t meet with them…
1. He is physically incapacitated.
2. He is mentally incapacitated.
3. Raul is keeping Fidel quiet and/or hidden away.
4. Some of more than one of the above.
I guess I will go out on a limb here and make a prediction…
The next time Fidel Castro will be seen in public will be at his funeral and that will happen in 2007.