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US warns Belize Beware of Mainland China

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Reprinted from Channel7 News Belize dated October 28, 2019

Julie Chung, Prin. Dep. Asst. Sec., Bur. of West Hemisphere Affairs
michael28.10.19il.jpg"I came to reaffirm the strong relationship, the wide ranging levels of cooperation and partnership that we have. In addition I also wanted to come and congratulate the Taiwanese Ambassador here for the 30th anniversary of relationship between Taiwan and Belize and to reaffirm our support for that partnership and again as we've seen there are other characters and other nations that may not have the best interest of Belize at heart and it's great to see countries like Taiwan come here and be a partner to Belize."

"As partners and friends of Taiwan ourselves, there are many values that we share with Belize and Taiwan and that's democracy, open free markets, transparency, good governance and anti-corruption. These are basic pillars I think we share very closely and the values that we share. Now we look at countries like China and we've seen some of that predatory actions in the region and to be honest throughout the world and we see predatory lending, debt diplomacy where many countries are very eager to take some of the infrastructure funding that China's one belt, one road offers. My question is why is it one belt, one road that leads to China? It should be many belts, many roads that leads to many opportunities for all. This is not China's game, it should be all of us engage together and China is using facial recognition technology and IT technologies that are not in interest of the countries that they are doing business in. they are violating the sovereignty of these nations and this is a risk for national security of the countries that they are involved in. So we ask is that each country makes its own sovereign decision on what business deals they do with China, but make sure there is a due process, make sure you read the fine line, make sure there is a transparent process, make sure it's in the goodwill of your country."

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