What do Russia and China really want from Latin America?

By Eddy Montilla.

In general, if a hungry shark comes closer to a small fish, you can consider its dinner as the main reason. Many people in Latin America have seen the United States as a shark that wants to swallow them. Now that the Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping visited that region, it is, in my opinion, a propitious time to ask these people the following question: If the United States is a shark, how about Russia and China? Are they beautiful goldfish? Are they carps in a majestic Japanese garden or perhaps playful dolphins jumping out of the water? No, sir.

     In the present circumstances, the United States might not be the best trading partner for some countries in the region, but they should not be under the illusion that Russia and China are the allies that the region needs. Vladimir Putin went there looking for more international support, especially after the increasing diplomatic isolation and sanctions that were imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine conflict. As for China, this country desperately needs commodities at low prices to keep its economic production at the highest level. Chinese firms are buying and leasing agricultural land in Africa. Latin America is the other region where China can get raw materials at low prices to make products that will be sold in the same region at high prices. Any help that these Latin American countries can receive from Russia or China today, in a short or long run, it might turn out to be a headache because of the wide disparity in terms of economic position.

     Latin American countries will find solutions to their problems when they learn to work together and trust each other, when they learn that their economic growth should mainly come from themselves. With all respect that they deserve, those who think that their countries in Latin America will have a great future with Russia and China as top trading partners could be making a great mistake. Russia and China are big fish and big fish don’t usually eat each other. But you know better than I what a big fish usually does when it meets a small one.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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