But I guess it’s been a dead letter for a long time. Here’s the latest from Bill Gertz in this morning’s Washington Times:
China is stepping up military training in Latin America because of a law that limits U.S. military support to nations in the region, the general in charge of the U.S. Southern Command told Congress yesterday.
Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, who oversees U.S. military activities in the region, said a lack of engagement on the part of the United States has benefited China.
“If we are not there and we can’t provide this opportunity, someone else will,” Gen. Craddock told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“Other nations are moving in. The People’s Republic of China has made many offers, and now we are seeing those who formerly would come to the United States going to China.”
The growing Chinese role comes amid numerous high-level visits by its leaders and other activities aimed at building military and economic ties to leftist governments and other states in a strategic region long-considered within the U.S. sphere of influence.
The whole piece is here.