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Latin America needs carrots, not sticks

18 0 13

China and the United States are supposed to be starting a new cold war, but Washington is acting like it’s still fighting the last one. The Trump White House is acting like the western hemisphere is still its own neo-colonial backyard.

The United States last week recalled its envoys from El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Panama to protest against their switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.

This has prompted criticism from Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela, who asked the Americans to mind their own business. “We respect the sovereign decisions of other countries and we will always ask the same respect for ours,” he said, no doubt respectfully.

The three Latin American countries have been honest about the simple economic realities they face – they need........

© South China Morning Post