Reference News Network reported on April 14 that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his visit to four Latin American allies on April 12 and arrived in Paraguay after meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago. The visit focused on Venezuela and Chinas growing commercial influence.
According to Agence France-Presse on April 13, Pompeo arrived in Asuncion on the evening of December 12 for his second stop visit.
Reported that one of the purposes of Pompeos visit is to weaken Chinas growing influence in Latin America. China is Chiles largest trading partner, accounting for 30% of Chiles total trade - mainly raw materials such as copper and agricultural products.
By contrast, the United States accounts for only 14% of Chiles exports.
Before arriving in Chile, the U.S. official said that the current U.S. government had spent a lot of time in Latin America seeking to improve trade with the region.
At a press conference after working lunch with Chiles foreign minister, Pompeo, when asked about Chinas influence, said: I think the Chilean and American governments share the same concerns.
Chinas trade activities are often closely related to its national security tasks, technological objectives and attempts to steal intellectual property rights, force technology transfer and engage in activities unrelated to the economy, he declared.
One of the things were talking about is how to share information, he said.
This is not the first time that U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo has spoken out about normal trade and economic activities between China and Latin American countries.
In an interview with Panamanian media on October 18 last year, Pompeo said that Chinas investment in some countries had put recipient countries in a worse situation. Latin American countries should open their eyes when accepting Chinese investment.
In response, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying refuted at a regular press conference that, indeed, everyone should open their eyes to do anything, but it should be doing practical things with open eyes, rather than telling lies with open eyes. The American dialects words and deeds provoke alienation and underestimate the wisdom of the people of the countries concerned. It has no meaning and will not produce any results.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Zhao Liangliang_NN6671