China Advances 5G Dominance and Interests in Western Hemisphere

China is using the COVID-19 pandemic to advance its goal of global domination. The adversary uses its vaccination program and assistance to the poorest countries of the democratic western hemisphere to consolidate the use of China’s 5G communication and information technologies, especially in the Caribbean and Central America and the South, according to the leaders. The problem is, what starts out as a veiled business interest ends with significant military application and connection – given that commercial companies, like Huawei, are all state-owned, explained ADM Craig S. Faller, USN. , commander of US Southern Command.

Russia and Iran are also seeking to consolidate greater positions in “our neighborhood,” Admiral Faller said. “In order to gain more access, presence and influence in the region, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia are taking advantage of the pandemic, deploying campaigns of medical diplomacy and disinformation – often too promising and underperforming, ”said the admiral.

The admiral testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday with Major General Glen VanHerck, USAF, Commander, US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and appeared before the media at a press conference at the Pentagon more late in the day.

“The very democratic principles and values ​​that unite us are actively undermined by violent transnational criminal organizations, the PRC and Russia,” Admiral Faller said. “We are losing our positional advantage in this hemisphere and immediate action is needed to reverse this trend.”

The pandemic has hit the region hard, with Latin America and the Caribbean having some of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world. In addition, Central America has faced two successive hurricanes, creating even greater economic strain.

As the United States has seen in Asia and Africa, the PRC, in a “very insidious” manner, has stepped in to exploit fragile countries in the Western Hemisphere in order to gain further world domination. “We have seen many of these same tactics in Asia and Africa over the past decades and we are well aware of the results,” said the admiral. “We must act now to avoid these same results in our own hemisphere.”

It is a comprehensive and organized effort by the PRC “to increase its selfish activities in order to gain global influence and leverage in all areas of the area of ​​responsibility of the United States Southern Command: cyber, space, extractive and energy industries, transport hubs, roads, infrastructure, telecommunications, legal and illegal fishing, agriculture and military training, including military education in Spanish and Portuguese ”, warned Admiral Faller. In addition, the People’s Republic of China is “offering” security supplies and equipment to improve access and gain favor with the region’s security forces.

Meanwhile, Russia is leveraging the pandemic to increase its influence in places where it previously had limited access, Admiral Faller continued. “COVID-19 has also provided Russia with yet another avenue to expand its campaign to overtake the United States in the information realm, pushing narratives of America’s mismanagement of COVID-19 and claiming that the sanctions government are suffocating the Venezuelan people at their most vulnerable moment. ,” he said.

In addition to providing personal protective equipment and medicines, the PRC is offering $ 1 billion in loans to the region for the COVID-19 vaccine and improvements in medical infrastructure. The country has already made deals with Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela, the admiral said. In Venezuela, China holds a large chunk of the country’s debt, and Iran helps exploit its vast oil resources and circumvent trade policies. In other parts of South America, the PRC is seizing water resources and food production as leverage to assert China’s vision of a rules-based order.

“This will put the region further in debt to the PRC, which already holds $ 165 billion in loans,” President Faller said. “The PRC aims to improve medical exchange programs, harnessing the pandemic to advance its One Belt One Road initiative in trade, technology and infrastructure. Beijing is also using COVID-19 as a pretext to “ donate ” Huawei technology that integrates with its 5G networks and Safe City programs, touting its social surveillance model as an efficient and poor contact tracing solution. expensive.

In addition, Admiral Faller is alarmed by the growing naval presence of the PRC in the hemisphere and worried about China’s efforts to add 40 more ports, especially in deep water, or so-called blue water ports.

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