While China extends its reach, the United States goes it alone

As Donald Trump was being inaugurated in January 2017, I was pedaling a bicycle across Cuba with my son and a friend. After Obama had offered warmer relations to Cuba during his term, Trump had promised to again tighten up travel and cut back on interactions with Cuba. Every Cuban we spoke to was apprehensive.

Since then, Trump’s restrictions did hurt Cuba; this year the pandemic crippled an already-beleaguered economy reliant on tourism and remittances from abroad. Cuba is on the ropes.

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