中国向萨尔瓦多提供1亿5千万美元援助 China to Give $150 million in Aid to El Salvador as Relationship Deepens

萨尔瓦多总统周三表示,中国将向萨尔瓦多提供1.5亿美元用于刺激社会发展和技术项目。这一中萨关系日益深化的最新迹象引起美国的警觉。

萨尔瓦多总统塞伦正从8月份与中国建交后首次访问中国的回程中。他在当地电视台发表讲话时说,他在访问期间与中国国家主席习近平举行了会谈,并就13个联合项目达成一致,不过他没有提供细节。

这笔捐款标志着中国进军中美洲的最新举措,引起美国的不满。今年早些时候,萨尔瓦多步多米尼加共和国和巴拿马的后尘,与台湾地区断交而与中国建立了外交关系。美国随即召回了该地区的大使。

塞伦表示, “中华人民共和国政府与萨尔瓦多共和国政府之间的历史性会晤取得了很好的成果,”他说,“这证实了与中国建立外交关系是我国政府在外交政策中最重要的决定。”

中国代表没有立即发表评论。

萨尔瓦多政府发言人表示,尚未确定何时会受到中国的资金。塞伦说,中国还将捐赠三千吨大米,为由于7月的干旱和10月的洪水而陷入困境的萨尔瓦多人。

白宫8月份警告称,中国正在以“经济依赖和控制而不是伙伴关系”的奖励来吸引各国。与台湾地区建立外交关系的国家越来越少,这些国家几乎所有都是中美洲和太平洋地区的不发达小国。

China will give El Salvador $150 million to spur development of social and technological projects, the Salvadoran president said on Wednesday, the latest sign of deepening ties between the countries that has alarmed the United States.

Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren is returning from his first trip to China since the countries established diplomatic ties in August. Speaking on local television, Ceren said he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the visit and agreed to 13 joint projects, without providing details.

The donation marks China's latest gambit to make inroads in Central America, a campaign that has drawn the ire of the United States. Earlier this year, El Salvador cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China, following the Dominican Republic and Panama. The United States promptly recalled its ambassadors in the region.

"This historic meeting between the governments of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of El Salvador has produced excellent results," Ceren said. "This confirms that the establishment of diplomatic relations with China is my government's most important decision in foreign policy."

Representatives for the Chinese government were not immediately available for comment.

The date when the funds will be received has not been set, a spokesman for the Salvadoran government said. China will also donate three thousand tons of rice to support Salvadorans who are reeling from a drought in July and floods in October, Ceren said.

The White House warned in August that China was luring countries with incentives that "facilitate economic dependence and domination, not partnership.” Self-ruled Taiwan has formal relations with a dwindling number of countries, almost all of them small and less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific.