Chinese Influence in Latin America and Middle East

China’s interest in Latin America is significant and expanding. The region has become a vital source of raw material and food stuffs for china, in the past six years Chinese import from Latin America grown by nearly 60% in a year. China also face a major political challenges in the region, 26 countries of Latin America recognize Taiwan.

China has two primary interests in Latin America:

  • Gaining access to the natural resources
  • Wresting diplomatic recognition to Taiwan

China has rapidly expanding economic relations with Latin America that has helped to fuel the regions development in the recent years. China was the regions third largest trading partner in 2005.china contacted 50 billion US dollars in trade and had $6.5 billion worth of investment in the region in 2004. China reduces lots of aggressive diplomacy through increased trade, aid, and investment. Many people in America look to china as an economic and political alternatives to US hegemony. Washington worries about china’s growing attention in Latin America. Chinese presence in Latin America is the most serious challenge to US interest in the region since the collapse of Soviet Union. China is promising to bring to Latin America, its growing military to military relations in the region. These all factors are potential threats to the long standing pillars of US policy in the region.US should adopt a new strategy in Latin America including

Expanding its own free trade networks, helping to develop strong market economies, fastening clear and more co-operative relations. Most of the analyst doubted that china’s Initiative in Latin America will provoke a confrontation with US.

Similarly Chinese influence in Middle East increases day by day, china is relative new comer into the Middle East geo-politics as for as US interests are concerned. In short term Middle East is defined as world largest oil and gas reserves area of conflict. The Middle East present the Chinese leadership with vast opportunities to fulfill its growing energy needs and to profit from massive weapons deals to oil rich regime regardless of the consequences on regional stability china has seen its new diplomatic influence in the middle east as a geopolitical counter weight to the US.

History and international relations theory portray that tensions and war are often associated with the rise of new great power. The PRC receives the continuous coverage by think tanks as an emerging economic and military power. PRC expanding its influence in geographical regions, PRC sought to expand influence in international issues such as with access to energy and trade policy that is designed to benefit the interest of PRC and reduce the influence of US. The US granted PNTR to strengthen their trade relations and for accession to the market. China also played an effective role in international economy and combating war against terrorism.

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