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Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday Concluded His Second State Visit To America With Stops In Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela And Cuba. Mr. Xi Attended Last Week's Meeting Of BRICS Nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China And South Africa Held In Brazil Where The World's Top Emerging Economies Created The New Development Bank. The New York Times Calls The Bank A Challenge To The American-Led Global World Order. The Chinese Leader Also Signed A Raft Of Bilateral Agreements Involving Raw Materials And Infrastructure Improvements During His Nine Days In The Region. Rice University Latin American Specialist Mark Jones Told VOA's Victor Beattie This Mr. Xi Visited Countries Often At Odds With The United States ... (Q&A Beattie / Jones) .... Jones Says, While China's Involvement In Cuba Will Be Largely Symbolic, Its Greater Presence In Brazil, Venezuela And Argentina Should Raise Concerns In Washington. Adrian Heran Of The University Of Sydney Says He Hopes That Greater Chinese Involvement In Latin America Will Result In Greater Engagement With The United States .... (Q&A Beattie / Hearn) ... Hearn, Who Has Lived In Cuba, Says The Country Under President Raul Castro Has Embarked On Economic Reform, But What They Lack Are Things To Sell. That's Where He Thinks China Can Help, And He Says It Could Very Well Be Beijing That Helps Bring About Market Reform In Cuba.