US Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar affirmed in a legislative hearing that the Argentine government plans to build a factory for Chinese fighters to export them to the region, and He warned that military cooperation with China would be “a deal with the devil that can have consequences of biblical proportions.”
The Republican legislator, president of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, used her intervention to issue a direct warning to Buenos Aires. “I am going to use this forum to send a message to the Argentines, specifically to the vice president. I want to do it in Spanish, because maybe they won’t listen to you and maybe they will listen to me. to warn you that If they decide to build an airplane factory, Chinese war fighters, it is a very bad idea for them, and for everything that has to do with the relationship with the United States.”, he expressed.
Later, he reiterated his alert in Spanish.
“Your president (referring to the vice president Cristina Kirchner) and its president (Alberto Fernandez) are making a pact with the devil that may have consequences of biblical proportions. The US is not going to sit idly by, because you cannot have an ally that manufactures and exports Chinese military aircraft and sells them to its neighbors.“, he pointed.
“There are two worlds, the free world and the world of slaves, I hope that the Argentines stay in the free world”, he finished.
As detailed in a press release, “Fernández de Kirchner is openly considering the possibility of buying Chinese JF-17 combat aircraft and manufacturing them in Argentina in Chinese factories specially built for the occasion.” That policy, he added, “follows the trend of similar agreements that the Chinese made with Venezuela and Bolivia.”
Argentina included in its 2022 budget an item of USD 664 million for acquire 12 JF-17 Thunder-Block III supersonic aircraft, of Chinese origin, but the purchase did not materialize. At the end of last year, the president declared that the country “has to allocate its resources to more important things than the purchase of military aircraft today.”
Salazar also stated that Argentina “has allowed the Chinese Communist Party full control of the operations of a space station, which is approximately 400 soccer fields in size and is located in the middle of the Patagonian desert,” referring to the Chinese installed base. in Neuquén, which is officially dedicated to space research.
“There is no agreement to supervise the base or its surveillance activities, not even with the Argentine government,” denounced the Florida legislator.
The congresswoman, born in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, was a journalist for 35 years before entering politics, primarily in Latino-targeted North American media, such as Cnn in Spanish, Telemundo and Univision.
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