Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | May 24, 2012

China builds ties with South America, and U.S. calls China a significant cyber threat

During U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent trip to Colombia, Brazil and Chile, the topic of how best to manage cyber attacks took center-stage. China is steadily gaining as a top trading partner and economic developer in South America, but it is also China who was called out as a significant cyber threat. The U.S. believes the Chinese are systematically stealing American high-tech data for their own economic gain.

China is currently Colombia’s second largest trading partner, closely behind the U.S. Colombia’s top exports to China are oil and coal, and President Santos recently travelled to China to build further trade and investment relations.


China’s top military officer visiting U.S. military installations.

With Aid and Migrants, China Expands Its Presence in a South American Nation.

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