Thursday, July 17, 2014

China, BRICS Summit Solidifies PRC's Increasing Relationship with Latin America

According to The Latin American Tribune, China is seeking to bolster relations with Latin America and the Caribbean and seal a “strategic alliance” with that region, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (July 16) in an address to the Brazilian Senate.

“Our objective is to strengthen and take a leap forward in China’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean,” Xi said after participating in a summit in Brasília that brought together leaders of the Union of South American Nations and BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

China is “willing to combine efforts” and become partners with the Latin American countries, Xi said, adding that the Asian giant cannot be “isolated from the world.”

COMMENT: Even though President Barack Obama has become preoccupied with the immigrant crisis on the US border, he is seemingly never too busy to squeeze in Democratic fund-raisers, but may not be aware of the fact that minors making the treacherous trip to the US border have been sexually victimized while traveling through México.

President Xi arrived Monday (July 14) in Brazil to take part in the BRICS Summit in the northeastern city of Fortaleza and on Wednesday (July 16) began a state visit to the South American country.

The Chinese president said Wednesday’s BRICS-Unasur gathering was “very successful” and added that he expects Thursday’s meeting between China and leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will serve to “promote a strategic alliance” between Beijing and Latin America.

The presidents of Cuba, Raul Castro; Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis; and Ecuador, Rafael Correa, as well as Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, will represent CELAC at the gathering.

The meeting in Brasilia will be a prelude to a first-ever summit of the foreign ministers of China and the CELAC countries, to be held late this year in Beijing.