China’s engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean increasingly impacts the region, and by extension, the economic and security environment of the U.S. As such, China’s new document on its approach toward the region is important for policymakers, analysts and businessmen with an interest in that relationship. This article thus examines that document and provides recommendations for U.S. policymakers of how best to respond.
Latin America is experiencing its worst economic growth — projected to be negative this year – since the lost decade of the 1980s. At this crucial time, the United States is turning its back and stepping backward from Latin America while China takes further steps forward in its economic relations with the region.
The Nicaraguan government’s expulsion of U.S. citizens—linked loosely to the military—found fertile ground in the country’s popular opinion. Surveys by LAPOP demonstrate high levels of distrust in Nicaragua toward the U.S. military—especially among those who support Ortega.