Chinese Ambassador to Chile Xu Bu on Sunday slammed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's “malicious” accusation against China during his visit to Chile, saying “Pompeo has lost his mind and gone too far.”
Pompeo said Friday in Santiago that Chinese investments are “corrosive, giving life to corruption, and eroding good governance."
“Such accusations are absurd,” Xu said in an interview with the La Tercera newspaper. "The economic and trade cooperation between China and Chile has brought tangible benefits to the development of the Chilean economy," Xu continued.
The United States has not made substantial contributions to the economic development of Latin American countries but accuses China of its economic and trade cooperation with Latin America and its investment in Latin America. Mr. Pompeo is a hypocrite,” said the diplomat.
He added that last year, China invested more than 6 billion U.S. dollars in Chile, and China-Chile trade exceeded 42.8 billion U.S. dollars, far higher than Chile-U.S. trade of 24 billion U.S. dollars. The benefits of China-Chile economic and trade cooperation are reciprocal.
“The U.S. is not an honest partner,” Xu stressed.
"Pompeo affirms that the U.S. is a reliable partner in Latin America, and I suppose that it underestimates the memory of Latin Americans. Historically, the United States has treated Latin America as its 'backyard,' imposing frequent military interventions or sanctions," he said.
“There are numerous examples, including the relentless blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than half a century, President Trump's construction of a separation wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, and the very little assistance provided by the United States to Haiti and Central American countries. Chileans are also well aware that Chile's development achievements are not the result of American charity,” Xu elaborated.