Security & Strategic Review - June 2022

REGION: China capitalising on Caribbean vulnerability

In an April 2022 report for the US-based think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Professor R Evan Ellis, a research professor with the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute and an indefatigable monitor of China’s engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), looked at China’s engagement with the Caribbean and how Beijing might capitalise, to the detriment of US strategic interests, on the wider stresses that Caribbean nations are feeling as a result of the combined effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, drug-trafficking, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, also in April, the ambassador to the US for Antigua & Barbuda, the veteran diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders, roundly criticised Washington itself for any difficulties it might be experiencing in the Caribbean.

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