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U.S. Analysts, Scholars Skeptical About the Benefits to Honduras From Ties With China

Honduras Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang raise a toast following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, at a ceremony in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 26, 2023. GREG BAKER / POOL / AFP

Honduran officials maintain that the decision to abandon ties with Taiwan in favor of China was an economic decision inspired by the hope of boosting Chinese trade and investment.

But a number of U.S.-based scholars and analysts caution that those hopes may be misplaced, according to the reactions surveyed by the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.:

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