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Rex Tillerson: China, Russia Roles In Americas 'alarming'


Washington was keen to strengthen its ties with those four countries and "isolate Venezuela, which for them continues to represent an element that questions USA domination in the continent", said Ozuna.

The four Latin American countries that will visit Tillerson during seven days are those that have a harder position against the Venezuelan government in the region and participate in the Group of Lima focused on restoring Venezuela to democracy.

The oilman-turned-diplomat recalled that his first trip overseas was to Peru as a member of the University of Texas Longhorn band.

Trump made great play of this in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, when he cited crimes of the Salvadoran MS-13 gang to justify his hardline stance on immigration.

The economic and trade cooperation between China and Latin America saw steady growth despite a global economic slowdown in recent years, with bilateral trade volume exceeding 200 billion USA dollars, Bernal said, adding that China's financing cooperation with Latin America has benefited more than 80 livelihood projects in over 20 countries.

Tillerson will participate today in this capital in the meeting of the North American foreign ministers along with Videgaray and Canada Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland.

To lay the groundwork, he appeared at his alma mater, the University of Texas, to flesh out the Donald Trump administration's approach to its southern neighbors.

"I'm a Texan, former energy executive, and I'm also a rancher".


During a speech in the University of Texas on Thursday Tillerson praised the military claiming that "in the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad, and the leadership can no longer serve the people".

It is becoming increasingly likely NAFTA talks will extend through 2018.

Political turmoil in Venezuela is set to be a central topic during Tillerson's trip, which includes stops in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica.

Tillerson warned that China and Russian Federation are assuming "alarming" roles in Latin America and urged regional powers to work with the United States instead.

"Latin America does not need new imperial powers that seek only to benefit their own people", Tillerson said om Thursday.

Mr Tillerson raised the prospect of a Venezuelan military coup ahead of a five-day tour of Latin America.

The three officials said they also discussed the political and economic crisis in Venezuela and its government's decision to push up presidential elections to April under conditions that opponents say overwhelmingly favor President Nicolas Maduro, who is so far the only candidate.

But in Latin America, the doctrine has always been viewed as a pretext for American armed intervention in the region.

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