Chinese Missiles: Chronicle of a Disarmament

Loreta Tellería Escobar


This paper describes in chronicle format the main events around the so-called case of the "Chinese missiles": the surrender to Unite States military personnel of the only missiles that Bolivia has had for its anti-aircraft defense. The event happened months before the December 2005  general election in which Evo Morales won the presidency and after prolonged crisis and political instability (2003-2005). The paper identifies the main evidence and the political and institutional consequences of military subordination to a foreign power, all permeated by aspects such as interference, loss of sovereignty and impunity.


Bolivian Armed Forces; Chinese missiles; Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé; Evo Morales; MAS; OAS; United Nations; U.S. Embassy in La Paz



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