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Newsline: China’s diplomacy believed to be aimed at dominance in Latin America

Beijing has been carefully looking to increase its influence in Latin America and with it, observers claim, advance its geopolitical goals. For decades, China has been investing in the region and building close relationships with politicians of undemocratic regimes who make decisions to benefit the Asian giant not only economically and commercially, but also politically. On Monday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken came to meet with leaders in Mexico, including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Up for discussion was the U.S. and Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue that seeks to foster among other things regional prosperity. (https://news.yahoo.com/china-apos-growing-dominance-latin-115036745.html) While not mentioned publicly, China was likely on the minds of Blinken and his colleagues. China is Mexico’s second trading partner after the U.S, the third destination for exports and the second supplier of Mexican imports. In 2021, bilateral trade amounted to 110.27 billion dollars. China’s dominance in the region is advancing with new strategies that go far beyond economic influence to encompass the political, military, security and even technological fields.

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