The U.S. and China are two of the largest trading partners in the world. Both of these countries are vying to cement their influence in Latin American countries, each one implicating the other in being a bad influence for Latin American countries. Venezuela and Brazil, along with a few other Latin countries have severed ties with the United States and instead decided to partner with the Chinese government. These countries feel that while partnered with the U.S. their economies were stagnant or even worse than before. The Chinese government has set up loans and land leases to these countries which at the onset, seem wonderful opportunities to help these economies grow, but which are predatory at best. The U.S. has attempted to point these deals out to the Latin countries, but America’s track record of predatory deals precedes them. China is setting up communications facilities and spaces that will facilitate greater access to space. The U.S. does not agree with this under the guise that the Chinese government Is very secretive with their plans for these locations and due to the fact that the Chinese government spies on and controls the media which is exchanged in their country, and now has the ability to do so in these Latin countries. In reality, the U.S. is afraid that China will have better access to spy on the U.S. and will have a greater real estate in space exploration. The U.S. and China have their own best interests in mind when “helping” these Latin countries. Instead of helping these countries stand on their own and establish themselves in the world they want to assert their own global dominance in these countries. In the end, as predatory as these countries are, the alternative, Russia, does not seem like it would be any better.
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