China seeking further inroads in Caribbean

August 16, 2012

China has been developing ties in South and Latin America for several years.  Two years ago, Sinopec signed a deal to develop offshore oil blocs in Cuba’s portion of the Gulf of Mexico; last year, it sent a naval mission to several Caribbean nations.  Last week, China began official deliberations with the Economic Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (ECLAC).   This is something of a tit-for-tat response from China, which is angered by US involvement with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).  I have wondered in the past whether the US should re-assert a version of the Monroe Doctrine in the 21st century; and it appears that China would like to assert something similar over the South China Sea.


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