China Making Major Investments in Central America, Caribbean

While we continue to bicker over Biden's open border policies, China is cozying up to several of our Central American neighbors.

China is helping El Salvador build a 50,000 seat stadium and dumping billions into a new shipping port. Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua have made similar deals.

"When Chinese investment goes into a country it is going to be exclusionary. They will exclude the United States. They will exclude our friends and partners. So that's always a problem with China's investments," says Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China.

"We see Chinese investments into Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of them, of course, are in ports. That's part of Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative. And that really is the opening wedge."

The biggest risk he says, is China turning those ports into naval bases.

"There's a Chinese investment into a big container port in Freeport in the Bahamas. That's only 97 miles east of Palm Beach," says Chang.

Aerial perspective of a container port

Photo: Getty Images

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