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.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in a number of countries in Latin America – posing a threat to the lives of millions of people across the continent. In this life and death situation the people of Latin America need solidarity and assistance.
The prospect of the left gaining an electoral victory this autumn in Argentina, one of Latin America’s largest and most influential countries, provides a significant impetus for left and progressive movements across the whole region. The strong chance of a victory for the Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner left ticket also raises the following question: will 2019 signal the start of a left wing counter-offensive in Latin America which sees the left pushing back against the US-sponsored right wing offensive that has put the ‘pink tide’ on the defensive for the past five years?