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U.S. South America and Caribbean Commander Raises Alarm About China’s Influence

SOUTHCOM head Genl. Laura Richardson greeting troops in Guyana during recent joint military exercises this week. Image: Keno George / AFP

Gen. Laura Richardson, the head of the U.S. Army’s Southern Command, which oversees Central and South America, and the Caribbean, says China is enlarging its presence in the Western hemisphere.

In a football metaphor-strewn interview with Newsweek, Richardson said: “They’re on the 20-yard line, in the red zone to our homeland.”

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