China is pushing its contacts further and further into South America as confidence in that region in the USA's trustworthiness wanes, and in this case, there's an indication of what the underlying issues for Latin America may be. Consider, first, that China appears to be putting into place the initial steps to expand their business and trade with Chile:
This article makes clear - at least on the Chilean side - what the goals are: a massive expansion of the country's infrastructure, mining, and energy:
"We received many company executives from China who are exploring investment opportunities in sectors like mining, infrastructure, services and manufacturing ... we are confident the investment figures will be completely different in three years."
Cristi said some US$10 billion worth of toll roads, highways, bridges, public buildings, dams, ports and airports projects would be tendered in the next six years. Some of the biggest projects include the US$1.82 billion, 20km Santiago central highway, the US$633 million expansion of Santiago's airport and the US$387 million Punilla dam for irrigation and power generation.
But now turn to Ecuador, and there is even more afoot:
It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see what is going on here, with Ecuadorian defense forces being deployed to China(military training and technology transfers) and the Chinese cooperation in helping Ecuador launch a satellite: Ecuador, which has been literally raped by Western (i.e., mostly American) economic "hit-men," is taking the practical steps to protect its internal electronic communications. The Ed Snowden affair lurks in the background here, plus those calls from Brazil to cooperate in the formation of an independent internet for that country free of USA influence and potential spying. Put into the wider context of moves by the BRICSA bloc, the Chinese-Ecuadorian satellite deal could be view as yet another step on the road to the creation of a parallel international financial clearing system by the BRICSA bloc.
The geopolitical consequences here at first glance are enormous: Brazil is already a member of the BRICSA bloc; Argentina's Fernandez de Kirchner has expressed a desire to tighten ties with the bloc, and has been fighting the attempts of private western hedge funds to rape that country, and has initiated lawsuits against banks involved in the LIBOR rigging scandal, since its sovereign securities were in many cases tied to that rate;now Chile and Ecuador are turning to the largest BRICSA bloc national economy; Venezuela long ago signaled its unhappiness with the West.
I suspect it will be only a matter of time before we see the Pacific rim nations of South America expand and perhaps even formalize their relationship with the BRICSA bloc, while the USA dithers with "covert ops" and the heavy hand, driving more and more nations away...
See you on the flip side...
(Thanks to Ms. K.M. for sharing these important two articles)