US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo: China, Mexico, Venezuela and Panama are all on the same team
Latin America Allows China to Take Over Ports
Companies from the Asian country are building up presence in Latin American commercial terminals.
Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo | 6 December 2018
Chinese interests are growing stronger as the country increases its presence in commercial ports around the world—Latin America is no exception. On the contrary, Latin American countries are increasingly handing over control and development of port terminals to Chinese companies, yielding strategic commercial and military locations to the Asian nation.
Alejandro Barahona, an international relations specialist at the National University of Costa Rica, explains that Chinese interests in Latin American commercial ports combine military and economic aspects that align with the goals of its Belt and Road Initiative, better known as the New Silk Road. With this initiative, the Chinese government intends to connect Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa, and the Americas via roads, railways, and oil and gas pipelines.
“The interests are a combination between commerce and military projection. For China it’s easier to enter Latin America by sea, because it doesn’t have military bases in the region. Ports are strategic to consolidate its commercial and political influence. Once this is achieved, it will expand with commercial investments to influence key areas, militarily speaking,” Barahona told Diálogo. “Basically, everything has to do with the Silk Road, a very ambitious project that caught the attention of many countries, including those of Latin America, because there aren’t many options apart from Chinese funding.”
Enrique Dussel, director of the Center for Chinese-Mexican Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, agrees with Barahona on that China’s expansion in Latin American ports is related to an international projection strategy. He also believes that the region is an easy target for Chinese intents, since most countries need to invest in infrastructure, yet do not have the resources to do so, and see China as an option to obtain that influx of fresh resources.
“In Latin America, there is a huge unsatisfied demand for infrastructure. The region should invest at least 5 percent of its gross domestic product in infrastructure, such as commercial ports, but in reality, that investment is only about 2 percent,” Dussel said.
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Ed note: After January 10, 2019 when Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro is officially inaugurated, all bets are off ending any attempts to do anything about interfering in the direction Venezuela has decided to take for itself.
Venezuela’s opposition must regain momentum by Jan. 10, or Maduro will get a second wind
Source: Miami Herald
December 5, 2018
Following Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to welcome Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro to his Dec. 1 inauguration, I’m not very optimistic about the future of Latin America’s diplomatic efforts to press for a restoration of democracy in Venezuela.
Judging from Lopez Obrador’s first days in office, he is likely to follow up on his campaign promise not to criticize Maduro, nor join future regional calls for a return to democracy in Venezuela.
Lopez Obrador has pledged to return to Mexico’s long-held policy of “non-intervention” in other countries’ internal affairs – a stand that the country had used in the past to protect itself against foreign criticism and to support leftist dictatorships.
In recent years, Mexico had been a vocal critic of the Venezuelan regime. Mexico was a driving force within the Group of Lima, a 14-country diplomatic coalition that includes among others Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The group had signed several declarations aimed at isolating Maduro from the region’s diplomatic community.
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Ed note: With Mexico making the decision to invest in an $8 billion oil refinery that sort of puts any accusations the US has about Mexico being a “failed socialist state” on hold. What this means is that Mexico will be creating jobs reducing the number of migrants leaving Latin America heading north looking for work.
Lopez Obrador Says Mexico to Build an $8 Billion Refinery
- Mexico to start awarding construction contract by March 2019
- Pemex plans to improve operations of current six refineries
Mexico plans to start awarding the construction of its seventh refinery as soon as March 2019, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday at an event at the Dos Bocas port in Tabasco, even as the nation’s refining system is operating at its lowest levels in three decades.
Unveiling a plan for the nation’s refining system, Lopez Obrador said Mexico will invest $8 billion in the new processing facility at Dos Bocas. “We are going to start the bidding process for the refinery by March at latest,” he said to a cheering crowd in the sun-drenched town in the Gulf of Mexico, reiterating his intentions to boost fuel self-sufficiency and end long-term declines in oil output. Mexico’s oil production, on track for its 14th consecutive yearly decline, will rise “realistically” to 2.4 million barrels a day by 2024, he said.
Lopez Obrador said a lot of 566 hectares of federal land is ready for the new plant, which will have crude processing capacity of 340,000 barrels a day, making it Mexico’s biggest refinery. It will include 17 processing plants, and 93 storage tanks or facilities, and link up to the Dos Bocas maritime terminal. A pipeline will be built connecting the refinery to the port.
Mexico’s president, known as AMLO, isn’t done. On Monday, he said he’ll reveal Saturday plans to increase oil production, during a trip to the southeastern state of Campeche. AMLO last week called for a hiatus on oil auctions until foreign companies show results from the previously awarded contracts.
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Source: Fort Russ
Moscow Bringing Fight To The Americas, Washington Reacts To Venezuela-Russia Relations
December 12, 2018
MOSCOW, Russia – The Kremlin totally disagrees with the words of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the “waste of public resources” on the issue of Russian airplanes sent to Venezuela.
Russian President spokesman, Dmitry Peskov’s, hit back saying half of the US military budget would feed the whole of Africa.
“In terms of wasting public resources, we do not agree. Moreover, it may not be appropriate for a country where half the military budget would feed all of Africa to make such declarations,” Peskov told reporters.
Earlier, on Twitter, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo characterized the deployment of Russian strategic Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela as a waste of public resources.
#Russia‘s government has sent bombers halfway around the world to #Venezuela. The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer. pic.twitter.com/bCBGbGtaHT— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 11, 2018
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Ed note: The first article published here discussed how Latin America and most importantly Panama where the critical Panama Canal is located, are allowing China to take over its port infrastructure. This is related to China’s “New Silk Road” project (New Belt and Road Project) which is being facilitated by Israel as China and Israel are working very closely together in technological trade transfers. Have we located the “deep state”?
Ed note: While all this is going on in Latin America, readers shouldn’t forget what is going on in Syria as another false story of a chemical attack is blamed on the Syrian government. The accusation in this news article published by Russia Insider, is that US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo “works for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu”. As Patrick J. Buchanan has stated it: “America: an unserious nation in a deadly serious world.” So in this “deadly serious world”, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry can be found partying in India at the wedding of a billionaire’s daughter. Can their partying in India be a tax write off on the Clinton Foundation?
More related reading:
The CIA’s Washington Post has been watching Mexico very closely, count on it. Take the time to read this article on Mexico’s López Obrador who has set his salary at 108 thousand pesos per month (about $5,250). This amount is less than half of his predecessor’s salary. The pay of other Mexican public servants have also plummeted. Pay particular attention to the description “public servants” used in Mexico, while in the US it is private corporate interests calling itself “government”. Now compare this salary to say with the salary of US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s total income being in the congress for 28 years of more than $5 million USD with her net wealth estimated to be over $192 million.