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Sun May 3, 2020, 01:19 PM

Chinese group skirts US sanctions to help Cuba

Chinese alumni who studied in Cuba raise US$19,823 to buy PPE and medical supplies to help the island nation
MAY 4, 2020

Draconian US sanctions couldn’t stop Chinese alumni from helping the Cuban people fight the Covid-19 virus, The Global Times reported on Sunday.

A total of 286 Chinese donors raised more than 140,000 yuan (US$19,823), purchased 420 pieces of medical protective outfits and 38,750 masks and sent the medical supplies to Cuba successfully with the help of the Cuban embassy in China, Chen Ke, who initiated the donation campaign, told the Global Times.

Donors are mostly Chinese students who had studied in Cuba from 2006 to 2016 under Cuban government scholarships, said Chen, a 30-year-old from Southwest China’s Guizhou Province, who spent five years in Havana learning Spanish from 2009.

After the fundraiser was launched at the end of March, Chen was worried if the supplies could be delivered to Cuba smoothly due to existing US sanctions, the report said.


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