Joe Biden’s advisor for the region criticized the “vaccine commercialism of China and Russia” and spoke about human rights in Colombia.

Joe Biden’s advisor for the region criticized the “vaccine commercialism of China and Russia” and spoke about human rights in Colombia.
Juan González, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, meets with journalists at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires (US Embassy in Argentina)

Security advisor to the White House in the Western Hemisphere, Juan GonzalezToday, they are alerted about the strategy they are holding Moscow s Beijing With respect to a discount s distribution from Vaccines To the world and warned about that Only the United States has a comprehensive post-pandemic recovery plan. The chief NSC director said that among his priorities: Latin america s It will be completed after the Biden administration can bring the virus under control in its territory.

In addition to addressing the epidemic issue and the need to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Take into account the economic crisis the region is going through – “The worst in 100 years“, He said- Gonzalez He revealed a conversation he had with the President Evan Duque With regard to the defense of human rights in the Colombia.

When asked if there is “Double rodAbout his treatment Washington towards Colombia In contrast to the active policies against VenezuelaAnd the Gonzalez It was strong:The issue of human rights is nowhere relative. We covered the issue with President Duque. We had a private meeting with Duque and we discussed this issue. We both agreed that the death of a human rights defender was excessive and he affirmed his commitment to do everything in his power to defend human rights and social activists.. Because at the end of the day, like the United States, we support Colombia to fight a level of domestic insecurity, but it has to be done in a human rights context. This also applies to Venezuela“.

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Gonzalez He spoke as part of his visit to Argentina, After passing Bogota He referred to the reshaping of Latin America in addressing the situation Venezuela. The approach of the Argentine government of Alberto Fernandez consulted her with palace MirafloresAnd the Gonzalez He assured that it could become an “opportunity” for That Buenos Aires Send you messages as Washington Cut off all dialogue with the dictatorship. “The government will have its reasons for leaving the Lima group, He said regarding the separation of Argentina from that international forum.

“If they have the possibility to talk to the Maduro regime, it gives them the opportunity to deliver direct messages about what to expect and this for us is an opportunity because at this moment we are not talking to Maduro.”“He commented.”There are messages that sometimes are better to come from a regional leader like Argentina than from us.An advisor added Biden. “For us, the procedure for establishing a relationship with a country is if the government is elected in a democratic, transparent manner and focuses on doing its best for its citizens. With these countries we have a common cause“.

Monetary Fund, China and Huawei

As part of your visit to Argentina, Gonzales A wink at the government Alberto Fernandez With your negotiations with him International Monetary Fund (International Monetary Fund). In this sense, he stressed that at the time of the talks, what constitutes, in his opinion, must be put on the balance. “We are in the middle of one of the worst epidemics this world has suffered and the worst economic crisis of the past 100 years, and that needs to be taken into account.“.”The 2002 Monetary Fund cannot be the current Monetary Fund. We must have this context during the conversationsEnvoy indicated Joe Biden.

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What is happening with the International Monetary Fund is not only happening with Argentina, but all countries in the region are going through a very serious debt crisis. We, as a region, have to talk about how the bases we want to defend against China will be able to adapt and respond to the current crisis. And this is the conversation we want to have“, pointed out Gonzalez In reference to the state’s negotiations with the international credit organization led by the Bulgarians Kristalina Georgieva where is the United State They are more than just an important actor.

Julie Chung, Acting Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Juan Gonzalez, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, meet with reporters at the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires.  (Embassy of the United States in Argentina)
Julie Chung, Acting Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Juan Gonzalez, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, meet with reporters at the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires. (Embassy of the United States in Argentina)

Gonzales also stressed the importance of talking about China’s presence in the region. In one of his answers he specifically referred to:GenocideThe Chinese regime is carrying out against the Uyghur minorities in the region Xinjiang This is intended Xi Jinping And the Chinese Communist Party (PCC) to expand its scope through technology actors such as Huawei Of setting your network The fifth generation network And its policy of “Vaccines“.

It is not that we do not want China. We want them to respect and play according to certain standards and values ​​that we all share“, He said. Referring to”Vaccine diplomacy“Who continues a lot Russia How ChinaAnd the Gonzalez He emphasized that the important thing is “Vaccinate the populationNo matter who the provider is. “We will not blame the Argentine government for getting the vaccines they got to inoculate its population.“.

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Nevertheless, he promised:We will be the global leader in responding to the pandemic. Let’s be clear: When we give vaccines we are not going to do so in exchange for political agreements. We will do this because it is in the national interest of the United States that Argentina and the countries of the region recover because if they do, we do.“.

This epidemic will not end any time soon. We have to work together. In other words, the so-called vaccine trade by Russia and China is for them an initiative to advance the impact, but it is very little and does not organize a global response to the epidemic that we will do according to international standards.“He completed.

Another point they discussed with the Argentine authorities was regarding the Beijing system’s architecture to install its 5G network Latin america. “What we care about is that Huawei is more than just a company“, He said Gonzalez And I add: “It has an affiliation with the Chinese government. Huawei’s expansion in the region is something for him Implications in terms of Chinese intelligence But also the pressure that China can use. So we feel we have to convey these concerns. When we talk about Huawei, regardless of the country, whether it is Great Britain or Argentina, it talks about the need to have certain standards that meet the demands of companies to compete in these markets certain standards of transparency.“.

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