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China bailout for Jamaica
« on: April 28, 2009, 11:08:20 AM »
WASHINGTON (AFP)--The United States risks losing influence to China because it is too slow to deliver aid to needy nations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday.

Speaking to a congressional committee, Clinton cited the example of an emergency deal signed by China last month to help bail Jamaica out of its financial crisis.

"They (Jamaica) have just signed a memorandum of understanding with China...and now they have got a government-to-government relationship with China," Clinton said.

"We have to be sure we have in place the safeguards so that the money goes where we intend it to go," Clinton told the subcommitee on foreign operations of the House Appropriations Committee.

She also urged Congress to move quickly to deliver aid for Mexico's drug wars.

"It's just too slow, and when I was in Mexico, that's what I heard from both the president and the foreign secretary," Clinton said, referring to talks with Felipe Calderon and Patricia Espinosa last month in Mexico City.

She said the United States, for example, has been slow to release the money needed for Blackhawk helicopters to fight the drug cartels.

"Let's try to get to the bottom of this because you all do your work, you get it appropriated, I go around talking about what we need to do and it's kind of hollow, and we're losing ground," Clinton said.

"And we're seeing particularly China come in right behind us, because countries get tired of talking to our bureaucracy and decide they're going to cut a deal with someone else."

Clinton cited a report in The Washington Post saying China and Jamaica signed contracts for loan packages totaling $138 million in March.

The newspaper also said China had signed multi-billion-dollar loans for oil with Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil and Venezuela. It also showed Beijing had signed multi-billion dollar currency swaps with Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Argentina, Belarus and Russia.

The newspaper said Jamaica went to China because the United States was preoccupied with its own financial problems.

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