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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Wants to Lead the Effort to Curtail China’s Growing Influence in Latin America

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing to examine advancing next generation aviation technologies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2023. Stefani Reynolds / AFP

U.S. anxieties about China’s increasingly influential presence in Latin America and the Caribbean will be a popular topic of discussion on Capitol Hill this week.

Conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz will introduce a new bipartisan resolution that calls on the United States to develop closer ties with the four-nation group Alliance for Development in Democracy, which includes the Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, to confront Chinese influence in the region.

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