This Friday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China and Russia of moving into Latin America to “spread disorder”:
Pompeo, speaking Friday in Chile at the start of a three-day South American tour, said Beijing and Moscow have fueled corruption and sought to undermine democracy across the region. He cited a failing dam project in Ecuador, Chinese loans to the Maduro and Chavez regimes in Venezuela and support for police training programs in Nicaragua.
When China does business in Latin America, Pompeo said, “it often injects corrosive capital into the economic bloodstream, giving life to corruption, and eroding good governance.” Along with Russia, the two countries come to the region to “spread disorder,” he added.
Yesterday the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov found it important to point out Russia and China were not just partners engaged in classic mutually benefitial bilateral relations — they were a team that puts breaks on those who push ahead with illegal methods on the international scene:
“Our partnership with Beijing is not just an example of a mutually beneficial and comprehensive relationship. Russian-Chinese cooperation has a sobering effect on those who push ahead with illegal methods of solving international problems,” Lavrov said.
“It happened at the UN Security Council during the discussion of the Syrian scenario when unilateral, unlawful resolutions were submitted. It happened recently when our countries both vetoed the US-drafted resolution on Venezuela, which went beyond all imaginable and unimaginable norms of international law and basic diplomatic ethics,” he added.