Bill introduced to Congress to arrest China and Russia influence in Latin America
A bill on security strategy in the Western Hemisphere has been introduced to the Congress this week.
A draft of S.3589: A bill to require a United States security strategy for the Western Hemisphere, and for other purposes has been introduced to the upper house of Congress by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat Bob Menendez, and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Marco Rubio.
The bill is designed to counter the "malicious and malicious" influence of China and Russia in Latin America.
Menendez and Rubio argue that the "destabilizing" influence of Beijing and Moscow creates unprecedented risks for the interests of US national security and the well-being of the region.
According to them, the bill is intended to stimulate closer cooperation between Washington and Latin American states.
“It is imperative for the United States to be strategic and proactive in strengthening security partnerships with democracies throughout the Americas,” Menendez added. “This bill recognizes the geopolitical significance of Latin America."
If the law is adopted, the Secretary of State and the Minister of Defense will have to submit a joint strategy within 180 days to strengthen diplomatic work and expand security assistance in the Western Hemisphere, which will address a number of problems - from drug smuggling to transnational crime.