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Chinese Firms Branch Out from Relying on Development Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Rebecca Ray In 2023, China’s two most active development finance institutions (DFIs) – the China Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import Bank of China – committed just $1.3 billion in new sovereign finance to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Ecuador to Impose Visas for Chinese Tourists Amid Influx

Ecuador said Tuesday it would soon begin temporarily requiring visas for Chinese citizens after it noted a "worrying increase" in the number who overstay their authorized time in the country. Starting July 1, Quito will suspend the bilateral agreement that had ...

Cheap Chinese Steel Threatens Jobs in Latin America

By Paulina Abramovich Latin American metal workers are clamoring for higher import tariffs as cheap Chinese steel floods the region, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs linked to the industry. Last year, the region imported ...

A Call for African & Latin American Countries to Share Notes on Dealings With China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed this week the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference that will take place later this year in Beijing will, in fact, be a leaders summit. Before the FOCAC ...

The Political Economy of Active Non-Alignment  

By Jorge Heine The concept of Active Non-Alignment (ANA) came to the fore in 2019, the result of growing tensions between the United States and China and the ensuing need for Latin American countries to respond to what some 

China’s New Investment Priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean

For much of the past year, there's been a lot of talk about China's new leaner, more focused Belt and Road Initiative that goes by the mantra "Smart and Beautiful." The problem is very few people actually know what it looks ...

Argentina Election Could Usher in Dramatic Change in China Ties

Argentina’s neck-and-neck presidential election this week will decide between two starkly different candidates with wildly opposing visions for the country’s relations with China. Centrist Sergio Massa faces libertarian Javier Milei in the presidential runoff on Sunday, with polls showing a virtual ...

Argentinian President Leans Into China Ties while Dissent Brews at Home

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández visited Shanghai ahead of the Belt and Road Forum. He met with Dilma Rousseff, the head of the BRICS-led New Development Bank, as well as leaders of several companies, including Huawei and several large infrastructure companies. Notable was a 

The Future of the Belt and Road Initiative in Latin America

There's growing anxiety in the United States over China's expanding presence in the Latin America-Caribbean (LAC) region. Last week, a Congressional subcommittee held another breathless hearing that warned of the dangers of "Communism on our shores."

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Wants to Lead the Effort to Curtail China’s Growing Influence in Latin America

U.S. anxieties about China's increasingly influential presence in Latin America and the Caribbean will be a popular topic of discussion on Capitol Hill this week. Conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz will introduce a new bipartisan resolution that calls on the United States ...

China and Venezuela Boost Ties

The relationship between China and Venezuela has been upgraded to an “all-weather strategic partnership,” reportedly China’s first such relationship in South America. The two governments signed several cooperation agreements ranging from mining and oil production to agriculture and space exploration. There is also a ...
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