US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned against the influence of China in South America, during a speech on US Latin American Policy in Santiago on Friday
«When China does business in places like Latin America it often injects corrosive capital into the economic bloodstream, giving life to corruption and eroding good governance,» he said.
Quoting the Ecuadorian Energy Minister, Pompeo said the... Еще «strategy of China is clear: they take economic control of countries.»
He criticised the way «China's bankrolling of the Maduro regime helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country [Venezuela]» while describing them as at the same time being «hypocritical [by] calling for non-intervention in Venezuela's affairs.»
Pompeo went on to criticise Russia's involvement in Venezuela, saying that «flying in troops and opening a training centre in Venezuela are obvious provocations. We shouldn't stand for Russia escalating an already very precarious situation in that country.»
«China, Russia, they're showing up at the doorstep. But once they enter the house, we know they will use debt-traps, they will disregard rules and they will spread disorder in your home. Thankfully, you all, South America is not buying it,» he said.
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