Friday, May 10th 2013 - 07:54 UTC

Change of policy? Obama hosts Chile and Peru presidents; Biden visits Brazil and Colombia

The White House announced that Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera will travel to Washington in June and meet with President Barack Obama. The White House also said that Vice President Joe Biden’s next week will visit Brazil and Colombia with a stop in Trinidad and Tobago.

Piñera and Humala will be received at the White House in June

Biden says the coming months will include the most active stretch of high-level engagement between the U.S. and Latin America in a long time.

The visits come shortly after Obama travelled to Mexico and Costa Rica. While in the two countries, Obama emphasized that the US relationship with Latin and Central America transcends security, immigration and drug-smuggling and urged the region to move beyond old stereotypes and called for strong economic ties.

Humala and Piñera have been in Washington several times and have met with Obama at different events but this will be the first time there will be official receptions at the White House.

On June 4, Obama and Piñera will address “a wide spectrum of bilateral, regional and global issues” such as advancing negotiations for the Trans Pacific Association, according to the White House release.

Other issues include bilateral discussions on cooperation “in energy, education, environment and economic development in Latinamerica”.

The White House reception will be in retribution to Obama’s visit to Chile in March 2011 as part of his first tour of Latinamerica which also included Brazil and El Salvador.

A week later, 11 June, Obama will host Piñera in the Oval Office. The US is supporting Humala’s agenda of social inclusion, wide ranging economic growth and domestic security. Other issues include the TPA negotiations, cooperation in energy, education, climate change, science and technology and bilateral trade, points out the official release.

Chile and Peru are two strong open market economies that promote the private sector, foreign investment and are pushing for greater transparency domestically.

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica is also scheduled to travel to Washington and meet Obama sometime in the second half of the year, but no dates have been confirmed.

Vice-president Biden has repeatedly said that the Obama administration is involved in the most active stretch of high-level engagement in Latinamerica “in many, many years”.

“We are looking for closer political and trade relations with Latinamerica where we have many friends, a region moving strongly along the democratic consolidation and with many business opportunities”, said Biden who first travelled to Chile in 2009, weeks after his inauguration, as well as to Central America and to Mexico on two occasions.

US total exports to Latinamerica in 2011 reached 650 billion dollars, and that volume keeps increasing said Biden in a recent speech in support of the strong trade and business orientation of the Obama administration.

“It’s time to look for closer associations, partnerships, there are considerable political and economic opportunities” he emphasized.


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1 Anglotino (#) May 10th, 2013 - 10:12 am Report abuse
Pacific Alliance seems to be making an impact!
2 The Chilean perspective (#) May 10th, 2013 - 10:55 am Report abuse
Mercosur is a road to nowhere.
3 Troy Tempest (#) May 10th, 2013 - 11:22 am Report abuse
What, no Argentina or Venezuela?
4 Trunce (#) May 10th, 2013 - 12:07 pm Report abuse
@3 Troy Tempest

The sentence - “Chile and Peru are two strong open market economies that promote the private sector, foreign investment and are pushing for greater transparency domestically.” - might have somehing to do with that.
5 TroLLey_to_Truth (#) May 10th, 2013 - 12:37 pm Report abuse

The funny thing is you think that actually matters. What a poor fool. We don't give you a second or first thought in Argentina. Nor Europe.

The fact that ARGENTINA has not once made a state visit to the USA or any European state should send a signal to YOU. Irrelevant in the Southern Cone you are.
6 Baxter (#) May 10th, 2013 - 01:11 pm Report abuse
1 Anglotino . You hit the nail in the head ! Big business is now moving that way .
By the way I would be very surprised if the Mujica trip takes place !
7 andy65 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
@TroLLey_to_Truth Didn't your bptox queen Kirchner fly to Rome recently via Morocco (Argentines have to be careful where they fly due to none payments of debt) to try and make political gains from a meeting with the new ITALIAN Pope recently squatting in Argentina now in planted into The Vatican
8 Clyde15 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 01:29 pm Report abuse
Oh dear, I sense someone's feelings are hurt.
The fact that Argentina has not once made a state visit to USA or Europe signifies that nobody wants you to ! An invitation would have to be made. What good would a state visit from Argentinabe to any of the above countries ?

You are a nothing in diplomatic circles - except a damn nuisance with your continual whining.
Malvinas, Malvinas, the most important subject in the world !!!
Stay in your own cesspit and leave the rest of the world to it's own business. As you keep saying, we do not want anything to do with any other country. Fine, we can all agree with that.
9 andy65 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 01:44 pm Report abuse
@Clyde15 100% right Argentines get confused when they think other country's are supporting there fairy tales and lies but all they are doing is paying lip service just to shut them up-and let's not forget old Carlos menen who came knocking on our dear queens door some years back
10 Chicureo (#) May 10th, 2013 - 02:01 pm Report abuse
Say what you'll say and I absolutly declare that ex-presidente Carlos was/is a crook, but he was a hell of a lot better and did an enormous less amount of harm than the current mad cow occupying the Casa Rosada.
Dark, short and thieving, he still had charm and was enjoyable to be with at receptions. When an ex-woman journalist that once was his friend, wrote a tell all biography that exposed him as being corrupt, Carlos showed up at her book signing, and told her that he still loved her and wanted her to autograph one of her books that he bought in the bookstore.
11 Condorito (#) May 10th, 2013 - 02:19 pm Report abuse
@2 The Chilean perspective

Mercosur's latest advertising pitch:
12 andy65 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 02:29 pm Report abuse
@Chicureo I remember him posing for a photo when Princess Diana visited Argentina he looked very pleased and happy
13 Think (#) May 10th, 2013 - 02:41 pm Report abuse
(10) Chicureo
As I wrote to an Anglo Argentinean Gentleman a couple of years ago…..:

”Carlitos Menem:
Met him in Bariloche in the 70’s.
He had a fascinating personality…. As most psychopaths do….
I know my psychopaths…..... Was married to one, once :-(

Los Kirchner:
A complex equation but……
Taking in consideration their 2003 “Starting Point”, they have my more than conditional approval because:
They tackle many of the basic “wrongs” of our country.
They are restructuring our Military and Police forces.
They are restructuring our unreasonable taxation and economic distribution system.
They are correctly closing the most shameful period of our history.(1976- 1983)
They are actively integrating us with all the other South American countries.
And, to finish, even their worst enemies can’t pinpoint or prove any blatant corruption.
Their proverbial “Luck in Business” and “Personal Fortune Increase” are more than annoying to me but “they hold in court”.
If you happen to have other info about the matter, I would be more than happy to see it............”
14 andy65 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 02:47 pm Report abuse
@Think you paint a un realistic picture

Cristina Kirchner / Official
•Even before she was elected president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner carried the haze of corruption. In the most famous case, an emissary from Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, was discovered at the Buenos Aires airport carrying a briefcase stuffed with $800,000 in cash, destined, he later told the FBI, to support Kirchner’s presidential bid. Kirchner denied the allegation. Within Argentina, many question the huge fortune Kirchner and her late husband Nestor amassed since taking public office. Her declared personal wealth stands at $13.8 million, up from $500,000 when the couple first entered national politics. Kirchner cites income from real estate and hotels the couple had purchased to explain the 2,600 percent return on the couple’s investment purse. Corruption watchers complain that her government has neutered government oversight, giving auditing posts to cronies compromised by conflicts of interest. The result: corruption cases take an average of 14 years to work through the system, according to the non-profit Center for the Study and Prevention of Economic Crimes, and only 15 in 750 cases have led to convictions.

15 Condorito (#) May 10th, 2013 - 02:58 pm Report abuse
@ 13 Think

Can I assume that your “conditional approval” stretches to Pinochet as his defence also held in court?

I see you are playing it “heterodox and creative” with the word “restructuring” :)
16 andy65 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 03:14 pm Report abuse

That's Argentina's version of events I am sure you would be writing something different if you spoke with the Americans
17 Think (#) May 10th, 2013 - 03:35 pm Report abuse
(15) Condorito
You say....:
Can I assume that your “conditional approval” stretches to Pinochet…..?

I say...:
Absolutely not....
Mrs. Cristina Kirchner may be proven corrupt…
“Your General” was a proven traitor, mutineer, assassin and a common thief…..
18 Condorito (#) May 10th, 2013 - 03:54 pm Report abuse
@17 Think

You say:

“a proven traitor, mutineer, assassin and a common thief…..”

Which of those allegations were able to “hold in court”?

If you happen to have other info about the matter, I would be more than happy to see it............”
19 Think (#) May 10th, 2013 - 04:06 pm Report abuse
(18) Condorito

Common thief, for starters.....
You want any links?
20 Condorito (#) May 10th, 2013 - 04:37 pm Report abuse
@19 Think

So clean as a whistle then, jusst like your CFK.
21 Captain Poppy (#) May 10th, 2013 - 04:41 pm Report abuse
Toby you fool.....of course argentina has not made a state visit to the USA or Europe.....who would be there to receive asslips? MNL and the repo crew?

Toby why don;t you provide a utube to support you claim that it does not matter? These are the only countries that are in play they rest are in the morgue waiting to be buried.
22 Tobers (#) May 10th, 2013 - 06:28 pm Report abuse
Condorito you have to understand that you cant reason with somebody who 'believes' (admits) the government is lying massively about growth and inflation figures and yet 'believes' the same government when they say that have 45 billion in surplus
23 Eduardo Orozco (#) May 10th, 2013 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
“Biden says the coming months will include the most active stretch of high-level engagement between the U.S. and Latin America in a long time.”

Will fail again, just like Hillary failed when everybody told her to fuck off. Perhaps Biden will be more lucky with... Trinidad y Tobago, lol.

MP discussion board is like a paralel universe. 90% of comments are pure wishful thinking completely disconnected to reality. In MP, the Falklands is the greatest issue in Latin America and Paraguay is a mighty, powerful state ruled by competent leaders... :O
24 andy65 (#) May 10th, 2013 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
Eduardo Orozco, I remember Hilary asked the same question and came to the same conclusion that The botox Queen Crissy kirchner is MAD
25 Chicureo (#) May 10th, 2013 - 07:11 pm Report abuse
No sane person listens to Biden. L
26 Captain Poppy (#) May 10th, 2013 - 08:52 pm Report abuse
#23 the thing you forget this time around is that DIlma requested an official state visit to the USA to formally suck on some BBC. So Biden will unlikely be told to fuck off. The interesting thing about her visit is that is is for trade talks and mercosur is not part of the agenda for Dilma.
Gotta love SA brotherly love.
Andy it's a legitmate question for every REAL politician in the world. She's buddy with a guy that talks to a dead president as a bird on his shoulder........who's fucking nuttier?
27 Brasileiro (#) May 10th, 2013 - 10:20 pm Report abuse

28 Baxter (#) May 11th, 2013 - 02:19 am Report abuse
8 Clyde15 . Just arrived from the office . From what I can see/read most of the comments come from people who do not work or do not understand English . All I said was that the Pacific alliance is moving ahead , because it concentrates on trade , while Mercosur slowly dies owing to its ideology . I enjoy the cesspit , in particular supporting the freedom of the Falklands and our beloved Queen . Find somebody else to bully !
29 Hepatia (#) May 11th, 2013 - 05:10 am Report abuse
The US “Pivot to Asia” policy necessarily requires that the US establish closer ties to America. This is what we are seeing here. This policy is right for the US and America.
30 Clyde15 (#) May 11th, 2013 - 08:36 am Report abuse
Sorry, my post was directed at #5. I picked the wrong reference.
In fact , I would agree with what you said.
31 Captain Poppy (#) May 11th, 2013 - 11:57 am Report abuse
Mercosur, Unasur, OAS, CELAC, ALBA, CARICOM, Pacific Alliance, how many groups does South America need to feel real?
You hit the nail on the head Baxter, they focus on trade and not politics and ultimately will far exceed Mercosur and any of the others.
The best thing the new president of Paraguay did for the people of Paraguay thus far is to focus on trade. This alone will go a long way for jobs in Paraguay. I am starting to think the SA will be split into two groups, PA and the open trading countries and then Mercosur, the Bolivarian bloc countries. When you consider the future of Mercosur, one wonders why Dilma requested an official visit to the USA for trade talks and not under the group of Mercosur? That itself is a telltale sign of Mercosur's future. And the 2nd fiddle is going to play music to the Mercosur boys and the 1st fiddler plays to the Pacific Alliance group. One wonders if Mexico will ever request to move up the chain from Observer to associate member then full member? Doubtful.
32 Baxter (#) May 11th, 2013 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
30 Clyde15 . Many thanks ! 31 Csptain Poppy . Fully agree with you . I have an idea that Rousseff is moving away from the hard Bolivarian ideology . But , to really change , she will have to change her foreign affairs advisor !
33 Captain Poppy (#) May 11th, 2013 - 01:52 pm Report abuse
I am not toally suggesting that she is changing. But I think she is at a point with her economy that she sees that writing on the tele prompter that MErcosur is not going to do something to help brazil and that she needs to act independently of Mercosur before Brazil becomes another statistic. That action alone adds another nail in Mercosur's coffin.
SA trolls do not seem to realize that they cannot survive, let alone expand depending on SA countries and the likes of Nigeria, PLA and Syria......Mercosur's major trading partner's. They need EU and the USA. As for China.........they are dependent on the EU and the USA. Even then, businesses are leaving China in drives, it's like China caught the Argentine Flu and there is no vaccination for it.
34 Conqueror (#) May 11th, 2013 - 02:40 pm Report abuse
@5 You need to understand a few things. A “state” visit requires a few things. First, that the visitor is recognised as representing a “state”. Then, the visiting “state” has to be sufficiently important. In addition, it's probably important that the “visitor's” transport doesn't get impounded! And that the “visitor” has sufficient funds to fuel the transport so that they don't have to stay and go on welfare. Then the receiving nation has to believe that the “visitor” is worth going to all that trouble for. Mowing the lawns, for example. Distributing rubbish on the streets so that the “visitor” feels at home. Organising supportive rallies.
@13 “I know my psychopaths”. Of course you do. Was he a psycopath before or after he met you?
@23 It's important that you try to understand that, in MP, days do NOT go by until latinos get slapped around the chops. It happens quite quickly so that we can watch their little pointy heads snapping back and forth. We continually work to make their heads spin right round and unscrew. As for Paraguay, it seems to be a much maligned country. But it does appear to have one positive aspect. Unlike argieland, bolivia, ecuador, peru, venezuela, it isn't a repressed dictatorship. And, unlike Uruguay, it isn't ruled by a weak, pathetic, cowardly, senile nonentity.
@27 Nuts.......nuts........nuts............nuts. Be useful. Produce more nuts!
@29 Short-lived. What does the US need with fourth and fifth-rated “states”.

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