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Troubling: What Are the Ramifications of China's 'Power Play' in Latin America?

"They certainly get energy, and they also get a relationship with all these neighbors in our backyard."

(Photo: AP via Politico)

China has been surreptitiously strengthening its ties with resource-rich Latin America in recent years, but now its president is reaching out to one of the few countries in the region where the relationship has been slow to develop:  Mexico.

But what is China to gain by forging a closer relationship with America's southern neighbor?

"They certainly get energy, and they also get a relationship with all these neighbors in our backyard."  Gordon Chang, a Forbes.com contributor explained on TheBlaze TV's "Wilkow" Monday night.  "So for instance, the Chinese have taken over two Soviet bases in Cuba where they listen in on our phone conversations and also intercept our satellite signals."

Host Andrew Wilkow added that while China is importing resources, we seem to be rejecting them (specifically referencing the Keystone Pipeline) while simultaneously considering amnesty for countless illegals when we already have millions more workers than jobs.

"We have not been thinking about Latin America strategically, and we need to start doing this," Chang concluded, noting that it is vital for both economic and national security reasons.

"I worry about drugs, but I also worry about parts for nuclear weapons," he cautioned.  "We need to secure that border...and the way to secure that border is to have good relations with Mexico."

Watch the entire interview on TheBlaze TV's "Wilkow!" below:

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