Four events in the last 14 days illustrate how the region is being captured, probably irretrievably, by a new, if so far ill-defined, cold war that involves the US, China, Russia and Europe, which for strategic reasons are seeking geo-political and geo-economic influence in the region.
The most high-profile demonstration of this came in Washington’s decision to invite just five Caribbean leaders to a meeting with President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on March 22nd. A second illustration was a pre-arranged visit to the Dominican Republic just one day later by the Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua. The third relates to Venezuela and a low-key exchange organised with Canadian support between a delegation of CARICOM foreign ministers and Juan Guaidó, the country’s self-declared Presi-dent. And the fourth was a Royal visit to Cuba, which indirectly underlined the growing transatlantic rift between Europe and the US…..