Trump’s shadow hangs over US-Cuban rapprochement

Financial TimesJosefina Vidal, the Cuban diplomat who has led negotiations with the US over the past two years, was not her normal unflappable self last week. Despite a clutch of recent US-Cuba deals, including a Google venture, the usually polished Ms Vidal appeared tired and frustrated.

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“Cuba hopes the new US government takes into account the results achieved since relations were reestablished and is disposed to continue advancing [them] in a civilised manner,” said Ms Vidal, referring to détente begun under Barack Obama and now potentially jeopardised by president-elect Donald Trump. But Ms Vidal did not sound like she believed her words.

The prospect of Mr Trump, who has threatened to “terminate” US-Cuban rapprochement unless Havana speeds up reforms, has thrown another layer of uncertainty over Cuba’s weakening economy, which is forecast to grow less than 1 per cent in 2016, versus 4 per cent last year. …

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