China’s Cuba investments indicate growing influence in region

China is exerting an increasingly strong influence over Cuba and other Latin American countries, according to this report in the Chicago Tribune (Via the Miami Herald): “Experts say the Chinese investments could undercut the Bush administration’s efforts to isolate Cuba and symbolize China’s growing influence throughout Latin America, a region long known as America’s back yard but increasingly ignored by U.S. policy-makers. Overall, Hu signed investment deals worth more than $30 billion during his 12-day swing last month through a region eager to diversify its ties away from the United States and kick-start its nations’ struggling economies with fresh capital. ”

Another recent article by Willy Lam on the same topic is here.

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