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U.S. not concerned about China's influence in L.America: White House official


12:58, April 15, 2012

CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The United States is not concerned about China's growing influence in Latin America, a senior White House official said here Saturday.

"We're not concerned at all," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, said at a press briefing on the sidelines of the sixth Summit of the Americas.

"In fact, if you look at the numbers, the United States is by far a more significant exporter to Latin America than China," he said, adding that the United States is also a premier export destination for Latin America.

Calling China's investment in the region "a positive signal," he said the region is growing its own markets and its own middle class, a move that will mean greater markets for the U.S. goods.

"Insofar as the Chinese have played a role in investing and trading with some of the countries here, we see that as a potential benefit," he added.

U.S. President Barack Obama is in the Caribbean resort city of Cartagena for the summit, a two-day event that opened on Saturday. He is seeking to boost the U.S. trade and investment in the region.


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