Biden Circles Xi as U.S. Duels China for Latin America Ties

Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

The competition between the world’s two biggest economies for influence in Latin America is on display this week as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Rio de Janeiro today near the end of a three-nation tour of the region with Chinese President Xi Jinping close behind…

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“If I’m a Latin American leader, I’m very happy because I now have more chips to play with. The onus is on the U.S. to come up with a more flexible, attractive offer but that’s not so easy because it doesn’t have the deep pockets like it used to.”

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