There is an increasing overlap of the situation in Latin America and China. This feature of the international situation is shown in the recent speeches by Delcy Rodriguez and Vijay Prashad reported in this article.
On December 6, the Venezuelan people will vote for a new National Assembly.
These days, even the holding of an election is a contest between the Venezuelan people and the United States government. Since Chávez became the president, the United States government and its allies have tried to destabilize Venezuela’s government, including by direct efforts at regime change.
China has developed three distinct pillars toward Latin America: purchases of Latin American goods, Chinese investment in Latin America, and Chinese political solidarity with key Latin American governments.
China invests and provides grants in Latin America with no interference in the recipient countries’ policies. The US government pressures Latin American countries to cooperate with its global policy agenda and tries to force them to choose between Beijing and Washington.
Luis Arce and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) achieved a landslide victory in the first round of Bolivia’s Presidential election on Sunday 18 October 2020.
The left internationally must, as an absolute top priority, build solidarity with the people of Bolivia as they fight on to defend their inspiring victory.
For the left to be neutral in the face of the US’s cold war against China, to present the US and China as twin evils and therefore adopt the slogan of “neither Washington nor Beijing” is completely absurd and bares no relation to the reality. It is the US, not China, which represents a threat to all humanity.