China training Latin American military, says U.S. general – AP

From the AP, via CNN.com (link):

China is training increasing numbers of Latin American personnel, taking advantage of a three-year old U.S. law that has led to a sharp decline in U.S.-run training programs for the region, an Army general said Tuesday.

Gen. Bantz Craddock, who oversees U.S. military operations in , said military members of all ranks are receiving training in China. In addition, he said, more and more Chinese non-lethal military equipment is showing up in the region…It’s a growing phenomenon.”

Craddock testified before a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing where lawmakers from both parties called for the elimination of the law that authorizes U.S. training programs only under certain conditions — requirements that some countries refuse to accept.

The measure has given the Chinese military an opening in Latin America for the first time.

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