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China's Involvement in Latin America

China's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean have grown enormously in recent years, built on the back of carefully implemented policies. Extensive funding, technical and strategic assistance to friendly regimes guarantees China staunch political support in a region that has begun to assert its independence from the United States. India lags in its approach to the region; it needs a vision and a strategy for LAC it does not have.

The American Hemisphere

Having lost political and economic ground in Central and South America over the years because of its policies of political interference, the United States is now trying to change tack. The end of the embargo of Cuba is one example of the new policy.

Chile's Elections

Michelle Bachelet has been voted to power as president of Chile after a four-year gap on the back of a popular yearning for reform and with the support of a coalition of left and centre-left to make the country a more equitable society. She has promised a new constitution and an overhaul of healthcare and higher education, and greater taxation of the wealthy.

India and Latin America

India has fewer economic links with the countries of Latin America than with other regions of the world. But this is rapidly changing as India and the countries of Latin America explore and develop close relations in trade and investment.

The Left in Latin America and the Caribbean

The New Left in Latin America and the Caribbean has not only come into being, but has also survived because of manifest failures of the ruling class in several countries. Its legitimacy has been reaffi rmed through democratic elections. Strong management of natural resources, generous social and redistributive programmes, tight political control over the party apparatus as well as over the military establishment, have ensured longevity. Traditional patterns of economic collaboration have been successfully challenged by these leaders, and efforts to dislodge or discredit them have not met with great success.

Responsibility to Protect

The doctrine of "Responsibility to Protect" was adopted by the international community at the United Nations in 2009 to prevent genocides, war crimes and ethnic cleansing. Diffi cult as it is to implement, the manner of application of the doctrine in Libya has raised concerns. The suggestions from Brazil for a more circumspect application of this principle, subjecting it to more calibrations, must be welcomed by the UN Security Council.
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