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China expanding its military, political influence in Latin America

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A recent report taken out by a Washington D.C.-based has predicted that Communist is seeking to expand its military and political influence across

The report prepared by the Center for a (SFS) think-tank appears in the web site.

Titled, "and the Condor: Beyond China's Economic Influence in the Americas," the report has warned that is likely to increase its power through military and political means.

"It is also clear that China's strategic objectives and interests are well beyond the economic realm, and that they raise considerable national security concerns for the U.S. as well as for other nations in the hemisphere," the SFS report claims.

The assessment of the SFS is that there has been a "steady increase in activities in Latin America," noting that the countries in the region cannot combat Beijing's capabilities.

SFS notes that Beijing's intelligence activities in the likely seek to "collect information on technology and doctrine; conduct cyber warfare; and carryout corporate espionage."

"China's presence in will continue to grow not only in the economic sphere, but also in political, security, and cultural aspects. China's intelligence operations in will be carried out gradually and in stages, especially until can develop to support its activity," the report suggests.

In its most recent assessment of its operations, focused on Latin American countries below and most of the Caribbean, the (SOUTHCOM) concedes that China's activities in the pose a threat to the

SOUTHCOM specifically noted Beijing's decision to expand its ambitious multi-trillion-dollar "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) initiative to Latin America as a menace to U.S. interests.

The has cautioned that the strategic challenge posed by in this region requires a new approach to get effective results.

The national security think-tank analysis also highlights China's OBOR or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as a threat to the

The BRI raises serious inquiries about China's long-term interests and objectives abroad.

The (USPACOM), which covers American military activity in China, New Zealand, and all the countries in between, recently cautioned lawmakers the Chinese armed forces might soon challenge the United States' military dominance in the Indo-Pacific region "across almost all domains.

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First Published: Fri, March 02 2018. 06:00 IST