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International relations

China woos an Argentina neglected by American indifference

Lack of US policy on Latin America gives Beijing an opening

Argentine President Mauricio Macri, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17, 2017.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17, 2017.   © Reuters

SAO PAULO -- China's offer of financial support to Argentina is the latest example of the Asian nation filling a vacuum in what has traditionally been the backyard of the U.S.

While President Donald Trump has not paid a visit to Latin America since his inauguration in January 2017, China has stepped up its financial assistance to Argentina and worked to strengthen their trade ties. China even appears intent on including the South American country in its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

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