The CIA director’s recent visit to Brazil appears to be part of an effort to contain and prevent ascendence of South American governments allied with, or sympathetic to, China.
As Biden escalates US aggression against China, opposing this cold war is increasingly discussed among leading progressives in Latin America. Relations between China and Latin American can aid the latter countries to pursue an independent foreign policy instead of being subject to US dictates.
Vijay Prashad analyses recent political and electoral trends in Latin America against the background of the Covid pandemic and the US offensive against the left in the region.
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.
Latin America has become a new epicentre of the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Brazil, Ecuador and Peru seem to be seriously mishandling the public health crisis. Cuba and Venezuela are showing that it’s possible to contain the disease.