Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death has received worldwide attention. There is no doubt about his revolutionary credentials, but the world is divided over the real contribution of Castro towards Cuban society and people. Did his reign make Cuban life better or did it remain as it was when Castro took over?
The division of opinion over Castro’s contribution to Cuban society and people is present in China also. China has been Cuba’s ally for long and provided billions of dollars as financial aid to the country that had to face the US trade embargo for years.
Chinese social media websites are flooded with divergent views on Castro. Chinese official media Global Times says some of the views contain “attacking and disparaging” posts against the revolutionary leader. The Castro-haters have cited a Chinese article that lashes out at him when Cuba as getting closer to the Soviet Union. A fake article on the number of women Castro had allegedly slept with has also been circulated.
An editorial in the Global Times says that people holding views against Castro do not have a good sense of history and they have “low levels of knowledge”. It hints at Castro being a victim of the American propaganda that says “Castro cannot be a good man since he held an anti-American stance for long.”
The editorial points out that people “who blindly idolize the West” are the most ideological in today’s China. “In their eyes, history and reality are black and white. They are against every Chinese policy and mainstream idea.”
The editorial says the “negative voices” should be controlled. However, it also says that “it may be more realistic and reliable if society becomes more adaptable to these noises.”
Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 on Saturday.