In Latin America, a Biden White House Faces a Rising China

Mark Feierstein, who advised former President Barack Obama, said Trump’s lack of engagement and exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc created a vacuum that China had filled - and that Biden will look to reverse.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Donald Trump was clear with Latin America during his four-year administration: don’t do business with China. The message failed to hit home.

As President-elect Joe Biden readies to enter the White House on Jan. 20, Beijing has tightened its grip over vast swathes of the resource-rich region once seen as the United States’ political backyard.

A Reuters investigation, including interviews with current and former officials and advisers, and an analysis of trade data, found that under Trump, China has left the United States trailing in terms of power and influence across most . . .

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