Chinese continue to influence Cuba

Thousands of Chinese living in Havana’s Barrio Chino will welcome closer relations between Cuba and China.

Photo by: Reuters Archive
Photo by: Reuters Archive

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) and Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) meet in Havana, Cuba, September 25, 2016.

Chinese first settled in Cuba 170 years ago. And their influence is still strong.

Both countries are socialist and China is Cuba's second largest trading partner.

Many Chinese Cubans have a strong affinity with their ancestral home.

One of them is Roberto Vargas Lee, who runs a Wushu martial arts school in the Barrio Chino, one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in Latin America.

TRT World’s Anelise Borges has his story from Havana, Cuba.