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China, Russia “Spread Disorder” And “Corruption” In Latin America: Pompeo

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Speaking Friday in Chile upon the start of his three-day South American tour, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out China and Russia for spreading “disorder” in Latin America through failing investment projects that only fuel corruption and undermine democracy, especially in places like Venezuela.

According to Bloomberg, Pompeo specifically listed a failing dam project in Ecuador, police advisory programs in Nicaragua, and Chinese loans to the Maduro government, which goes further back to Chavez.

Pompeo asserted Chinese loans in Latin America “often injects corrosive capital into the economic bloodstream, giving life to corruption, and eroding good governance.” Both Beijing and Moscow have ultimately spread their economic tentacles into the region to “spread disorder,” he added.

China, Russia "Spread Disorder" And "Corruption" In Latin America: Pompeo

Pompeo with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, via Reuters

In what appears an effort to sustain momentum toward pressuring regime change in Caracas, America’s highest diplomat met Chilean President Sebastian Pinera earlier Friday, and will hit Paraguay, Peru next, and finally on Sunday will travel to a Colombian town on the border with Venezuela.

Pompeo and Piñera also generally discussed the U.S.-China trade war and Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, with Pompeo suggesting he was optimistic about solving the tariff war with China. But the focus remained finding a US-desired outcome to the Venezuela crisis.

According to Bloomberg:

As part of the broader pressure campaign on Maduro, Pompeo said the U.S. has revoked visas for 718 people and sanctioned over 150 individuals and entities. On Friday, the U.S. sanctioned four companies it says transport much of the 50,000 barrels of oil that Venezuela provides to Cuba each day.

Late last month Pompeo had even more directly addressed Moscow, calling on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior” after it deployed a small troop contingency to Caracas to service existing military equipment contracts. Notably, Venezuela also has Russia’s S-300 air defense missile system, which over the past month have been reported deployed to a key airbase south of the capital of Caracas.

And in February Pompeo claimed in an interview with Fox News that “Hezbollah has active cells in Venezuela” — an assertion that has seemed to disappear from the spotlight of late.

China, for its part, has proactively offered to help Venezuela with its failing power grid, after a series of devastating mass outages over the past month has resulted in “medieval” conditions amidst an already collapsing infrastructure. Beijing also recently denied it has deployed troops to Venezuela after media reports a week ago cited online photos which appeared to show a Chinese military transport plane deployed to Caracas.

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  • JHK

    Russia and China should create an FSA across LatAm.

    Why? Because nato tried to create an FSA in Syria but it failed.

    LatAm is clearly a Leftist Struggle against the nato backed Right, where nato literally controls 60% of the worlds wealth.

    I would have said that Russia and China should support AlQaeda in LatAm, but I said FSA instead because at least FSA was more of a secular movement. But who knows, the word El-Qaeda does exist in Latin circles.

  • JHK

    I mean, its one thing to use Satire to defend The Axis in media, but imagine actually carrying out Satire and building an Axis backed FSA across LatAm to crush nato and zionism.

  • Barba_Papa

    Pompeo has to be Trump’s official court jester. That’s the only way whatever he says makes any sense.

    • BMWA1

      I thought Trump was his own court jester?

  • iosongasingsing

    Pompeo is an invaded follower of the Christian Zionist television preachers, he said that Trump is the last prophet of Israel and that destruction and genocide in the Middle East have brought peace. He lacks the atomic bomb on Iran to satisfy the great Kabbalah Masonic priest Netanyahu.

  • Joe Kerr

    This obese mental retard is living proof of the hazards of fast food, even more so than Netanyahu’s orange toyboy.

  • zman

    Pompass wouldn’t know good governance if it smacked him upside the head. His bloviation is as ridiculous as it gets, doing the usual, accusing others of their own crimes. If the US continues to sanction everyone, eventually they will have to sanction themselves for associating with sanctioned entities. It would be quite ironic if the US collapse was instigated by their own sanctions. As smart as this bunch is, who would be surprised if they sanctioned even themselves?

  • verner

    yeah fatso is a befuddled criminally insane and thoroughly corrupt servant of the deep state of washington dc and as such deserve no more than a lamppost swinging lullaby (by the great unwashed under-educated redneck hillbilly types from the fly over states)

    just a humongous veterans demonstration in washington dc, of say 1 5 to 3 million battle trained veterans can set things right and take back control of the government from the mic/deep state, that today flaunts the constitution and spends the tax take on frivolous wars and regime change operations and since the tax take is insufficient for the wars and the little that is not spent at home, the national debt is now more than 22000 billion friggin dollars. that humongous demonstration better happen soooon!!!!!

    • Astrid Watanabe

      Though our brave heroes showing no signs of stirring themselves in that direction yet.

      • verner

        but nevertheless its about time and given the rather tepid situation it is being a vet, that they should be more active to improve the situation for themselves and their families and most other under-educated sillies from the fly over states.

  • Jens Holm

    I hardly see a single line showing that any of You and the Regions is worth including into the rest of the world.

    • verner

      que stupid?

  • Jaroslav Belicka

    Wow, what a self judgment.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    A raging case of paranoid projection. A mental disorder where one projects ones own behavior onto others.