Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Trump administration has embarked on a major public relations offensive to counter China's growing influence in Latin America. But, so far, the U.S. effort is failing miserably. Earlier this week, a new survey by the CADEM polling firm in Chile - one of the closest U.S. allies in Latin America - showed that 77 percent of Chileans have a positive image of China, whereas only 61 percent have a positive image of the United States. The same is happening in several other Latin American countries.




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Most Latin American officials, while agreeing with the U.S. concerns about China, are not surprised by the decline of America's popularity in the region. The reason is simple, and it's called Donald Trump, they say. Meantime, much of what China has to do to gain influence in the region is to remain relatively quiet, and be visible. China's leader Xi Jin Ping has already visited the region four times since he took office in 2013.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-25 12:57 AM | Reply

Sure why not ... they are spending like crazy....

Everyone likes a spender ... just ask the Democrats.

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-25 01:20 AM | Reply

Yap, #2.

All government spending stopped when little donnie dollhands took over.

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-04-25 05:59 AM | Reply

So.................. Why aren't they going to china?

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-25 01:32 PM | Reply

No indications on how they feel about past US actions?

Everything happens in a void?

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-04-25 01:41 PM | Reply

So.................. Why aren't they going to china?

The Pacific Ocean is really difficult to walk across.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-04-25 02:42 PM | Reply

Latin America and China were rivals for the US market... this is going to be interesting. Mexico and Venezuela have lots and lots of oil...

#7 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-04-25 03:15 PM | Reply

Drats! seems we lost a popularity contest.

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-04-25 04:11 PM | Reply

61 percent is higher than Trump's positive rating in the USA of 37 percent.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-25 04:13 PM | Reply

Didn't the US do some things to Chile awhile ago during the Cold War?

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-25 04:24 PM | Reply



The Pacific Ocean is really difficult to walk across.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11

At 8 to 10 grand they pay the coyotes, they could fly first class.

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-25 05:44 PM | Reply

#4 China's great wall blocks them, it even blocks planes in magical thinking repub land.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2019-04-25 10:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It has to do with paying oil with dollars vs paying with yen. This was an issue about five years ago that started with the Chinese/Brazilian arrangement. The US accused China of currency manipulation.

#13 | Posted by MisterCarajo at 2019-04-26 12:15 AM | Reply

"Everyone likes a spender ... just ask the Democrats."

The Republicans unnecessarily increased the defense budget by 5%

"But Politico reported on Sunday that following a Dec. 4 meeting with Mattis, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, Trump committed to a fiscal 2020 defense budget of at least $750 billion, a nearly 5 percent increase instead of a 2 percent cut."

That money will flow directly into the pockets of defense industry contractors who are just greedy pigs at the trough.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2019-04-26 08:31 AM | Reply

Well I know Paraguay does not even recognize China nor have relations with the Chinese. In fact, their President just concluded a State Visit to Taiwan. China still has quite a long ways to go.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-04-26 02:17 PM | Reply

"I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How have you been?"
-Martin Blank

#16 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-04-26 02:32 PM | Reply

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