Chinese Dream to Replace American Dream in Latin AmericaPosted: November 26, 2016
SCMP says in its report “China maps new road to Latin America to rival and check US influence” today, “President Xi Jinping’s week of state visits sets the course for developing ties in the region but may have targeted Washington and Taipei, too”
Target Washington? Certainly. That is China’s traditional wisdom.
More than 2,000 years ago, in order to contain the powerful state of Chu, another powerful state Jin sent experts to help Chu’s weak neighbor the state of Wu develop its economy and military. As a result, Wu became strong and to attack Chu repeatedly until it occupied Chu’s capital the City of Ying. Chu was finally rescued by the state of Qin, another powerful state.
Using the same strategy, Chu helped Wu’s neighbor the state of Yue develop its economy and military, Yue was thus able to conquer Wu.
The United States has become increasingly unpopular in Latin America that it regards as its back yard. The backyard is unhappy with US dominance but is not strong enough to counter the US.
Now, by helping Latin America develop through win-win cooperation, China will not only be economically benefited, but will also weaken the US geopolitically to counter US failed attempt to weaken China in Southeast and East Asia.
The US plays both military and economic diplomacies to contain China. Its economic diplomacy the TPP will soon be scrapped by its new president Trump. Moreover, Trump gives priority to bringing jobs home. From where? Not from China as the US is not able to. Apple’s CEO has given very convincing reason: The US simply lacks the skilled workers China has to enable Apple to bring back its production home from China.
Trump is going to bring back jobs from Latin America and first of all from Mexico by terminating US free trade area agreement with Canada and Mexico. In addition, he will build a wall to stop the tide of immigrants from Latin America who want to have a share of American dream.
The wall will wake their American dream and tell them to have instead Chinese dream through economic cooperation with China.
On the other hand, military diplomacy is entirely useless in Latin America as China uses only economic means.
The US is doomed to lose its back yard if Trump succeeds in his economic approaches.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049360/china-maps-new-road-latin-america.