The US sets its sights on the country with investments before China’s offensive

The United States is on the offensive in its relations with People’s China, concerned about the neocolonialism that the Asian nation uses when investing in a country, in addition to the use of people’s DNA, said the executive director of the Finance Corporation of the United States for International Development (DFC), Adam Boelher.

During an interview with the participation of four representatives of the Dominican media at the ambassador’s residence Robin Bernstein, the US official gave as an example that the United States will promote investments in the port of Manzanillo, on the basis that it will always be from the Dominicans.

He stressed that United States he doesn’t make policies like he does China, They are not based on what others do, because it is a “very threatening”, said Boelher, explaining that he always keeps abreast of what China and other investor countries are doing and that is why they focus on what they want to differentiate themselves.

He explained in this regard that they differ in that this is seen as a private investment conversation.

He claimed that one concern is to see how China is managed, with a colonized way where debts are created, ports are taken and an example of their actions is that there are countries that have lost their ports for 99 years.

In this context, the executive director of the DFC, indicated that it will ensure that the ports where investments are made in this country, the owner is the Dominican Republic.

“Those are my concerns,” he said. He also emphasized the intelligence elements that China uses, including cameras everywhere, where they look at people and that is extremely dangerous. So he wants to work with this government to avoid the things that China is doing in terms of surveillance. The US official expressed interest in having access to telecommunications and infrastructure, but not access to the national security of the Dominican Republic.

He gave as an example other actions that China is doing, such as taking people’s DNA, and he does not want this to happen in the Dominican Republic or in his country, the United States, and therefore the job is to ensure that these security areas are not taken by the Chinese, an issue on which the Dominican president agreed in the meeting with the president.

He claimed this is “for obvious reasons”, which he did not identify. The visit of the executive director of the DFC was accompanied by six representatives of US institutions such as the US Treasury and the State Department. It is, Boelher said, an “unprecedented” visit, because he is accompanied by representatives of six US institutions and because meetings have been immediately taking place. In fact, while the interview was going on, a large meeting could be observed at Ambassador Bernstein’s residence with Dominican investors and businessmen, several of them members of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham-DR).

Boelher also indicated that there are specific letters of intent on the issue of cycle energy such as Streamline Energy, a waste electricity generator.

They will help Haiti

Regarding Haiti, the US official said that in the meeting with the Government this issue was discussed on the basis of the importance of ensuring stability. He said the United States is interested in investing on both sides and helping both countries. He indicated that the State Department is awaiting critical legislative actions in Haiti and that is why they will be helping in any way they can. He also referred to the great investment that there will be in tourism, where he said that he will return with his family.


Transparency highlights


Adam Boelher, executive director of the DFC, highlighted the Government’s commitment to the private sector, for transparency.

Robin Bernstein

The United States ambassador to the country highlighted the meetings with the investment cabinet, as the economy needs to rebound.


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