General Laura Jane Richardson, the head of the US Southern Command, told the House of Representatives this week that “China continues to expand its influence” in Latin America and “manipulates” its governments through “predatory investment practices.”
She also underlined how the Asian power was interested in the region's lithium resources, particularly around the Argentine-Chilean-Bolivian border.
Richardson complained before the House Armed Services Committee about other countries profiting from the region's natural wealth: This region is full of resources and I am concerned about the malign activity of our adversaries who are taking advantage of it, pretending they are investing when in fact they are extracting, she said.
Beijing continues to expand its economic, diplomatic, technological, informational, and military influence in Latin America and the Caribbean, she also pointed out. China has the ability and the intent to promote its brand of authoritarianism and amass power and influence at the expense of these democracies, she went on. In her view, the Asian power has expanded its ability to extract resources, establish ports, manipulate governments through predatory investment practices and build potential dual-use space facilities, she also pointed out.
The general also told lawmakers that Beijing was taking advantage of Latin American leaders being desperate for their economies after being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and, because they tend to stay in power for only one term, are in a hurry for the results of their administrations.
When there is nothing else available, there is no Western or international investment or bidders in the tenders that go out, when there are big projects for critical infrastructure and there are only Chinese bidders, they have no choice, she stressed. We should be very concerned about Chinese investment throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Richardson also noted that in Mexico alone Chinese companies such as Huawei supply about 80% of telecommunications. The general also warned about the effects of the New Silk Road, a global infrastructure development strategy launched by Beijing when Latin American countries are trying to dig themselves out of the hole China appears with billions of dollars available for large projects that look like investments but everything is in critical infrastructure.
Surprisingly, these projects are related to space, telecommunications, and deep water ports, Richardson remarked, adding that one has to wonder why.
Richardson also pointed out that the so-called lithium triangle accumulates 60% of the world's lithium. Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile have it and [our adversaries] are subtracting resources from these countries and their people, who are trying to produce, from these democracies that are trying to contribute to their peoples, she explained.
When you talk to the US ambassadors in Chile and Argentina and the companies that are there, China's aggressiveness and the ground game they have with lithium is very advanced and very aggressive, Richardson argued.
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When you dance with the Devil there is a price to be paid.Mar 12th, 2023 - 01:15 pm +3
Just Ask the Tibetans, Uyghurs, Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, or any of a dozen other ethnic groups in China or on its borders.
Or any country bordering the S. China sea.
Or any country in Africa that has done investment/extraction deals with the Chinese.
The only thing free from China was covid 19
Time to start supplying Taiwan with NLAW and StarStreak missiles, make that as unwinnable for Chinese as Ukraine is proving to be for the Russians.
Slava Ukrayini, Slava Taiwan.
Last I checked, China has never been behind the assassination or ouster of any Latin American president, has never tried to overthrow any elected government, has never sent any troops or military interventions, nor finances and created propaganda for any of its preferred candidates, has never stunningly openly lied to the entire planet by creating million dollar efforts to install non elected politicians as a legitimate government, nor financed internal wars and guerilla fighting and murder. Neither has China (so far) logged thousands of acres illegally leaving behind poison and deadly chemicals in the rivers of countries in order to haul away as much of their geological resources as possible.Mar 12th, 2023 - 09:18 am 0
When it comes to US and UK historical involvement @Shogun, I would hardly call it a comparison between Pot and Kettle. Just the fact that it is the -- Head of a sector of the US military global command -- makes her lying even more outrageous. Why should the US Military be talking about political situations relative to global democratic free associations among nations, if it did not want to right away create the framing for a belligerency or war hypothesis?? Once more an English speaking country with zero regard or respect towards the equal rights of all nations in the world, talking insolently and pedantically about what really is the US's oppressive pretension of domination of Latin America, and its own veiled and presumptuous greed for its resources and control of its politics.
Patrick thinks the U.S. is an oppressive, domineering, downright horrible country.Mar 12th, 2023 - 09:42 pm 0
Patrick lives in the U.S., enjoying all its completely undeserved, ill-gotten wealth and comfortable lifestyle.
So, Patrick hates the U.S., but Patrick lives in the U.S.
Patrick definitely hates the English, but Patrick speaks great english!
Global democratic free associations among nations! Har, har, har!
Unless that global democratic free association is english speaking.
Patrick, China is no democracy! There is nothing free about China. That is easily ignored by you, because you define democracy as: That which opposes english speaking people, is good 'democracy'. You sure are brilliant!
Tibet is a democratically free association. Uighur is a democratically free association.
The south China Sea is a global, democratic, free association between China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
China is great because it has re-education camps. The U.S. sucks because it doesn't have any re-education camps.
Patrick dreams of moving to excellent China and living in a re-education camp there.
One day Patrick is going to leave the evil, english speaking U.S. forever and live in China. He will speak Chinese only.
China is a very good, and noble country. Even though the chinese people think gaining U.S. citizenship is like entering heaven.
No one thinks living in China would be like heaven, no one wants to go and live there.
Actually, China is a bona fide hellish shit hole. The world should be nervous about its expansion. It is good that many powerful nations are also worried about this.
Don't listen to Patrick. He just doesn't like white people.
The only white person Patrick likes is Alexander Betts.