"Cuba's leader Fidel Castro announced recently that he was personally negotiating the purchase of 8,000 buses to be partially assembled in the Caribbean nation. Castro estimated the cost of the new vehicles and old ones fitted with new motors at more than $1 billion. In addition, there is a deal for 500 Chinese railway cars and thousands of trucks and cars.
Cuba is turning to Chinese rather than Western companies to modernize its crippled transportation system at a cost of more than $1 billion. China is Cuba's largest trading partner after Venezuela.
More buses, trains, trucks and cars are on the way, enabled by Cuba's friendly ties with a government that is ready to resist U.S. pressure to isolate the island. Castro also points to the competitive prices and fuel efficiency of China's output.
Buses plying Cuba's highways increasingly come from China's Yutong Bus Co. and railway locomotives from the 7th of February works on Beijing's outskirts."