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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 ...

Chile Steel Plant Reopens as Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Imports

Chile's biggest steel plant has resumed activities after the government imposed a temporary tariff on Chinese imports. The Huachipato plant, which provides 2,700 direct jobs and some 20,000 indirect ones, announced a month ago it was winding down, unable to compete ...

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 ...

Copper, Pragmatism, and Going Green: A History of Chile-China Relations

By John Bartlett Chile was China’s first ally in South America, and the two have become important trade partners. Now, relations are moving into a new phase of green cooperation and investment. It has been ...

Lithium Rush: The Risks and Rewards of a China-Led Commodity Boom for Latin America and the Caribbean’s Transition Materials

By Zara C. Albright At last week’s Belt and Road Forum, China announced the creation of the Green Investment and Finance Partnership (GIFP), part of the $100 billion in new financing for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at ...

China’s Dominance of the EV Battery Metal Supply Chain

Chilean President Gabriel Boric oversaw the signing of a $233 million lithium deal on Tuesday with Chinese mining giant Tsingshan Holding Group, the latest investment that solidifies China's dominance of the fiercely contested EV battery metal supply chain.

The Belt and Road Forum Is All About Deals, Deals, Deals

One of the reasons so many leaders from around the world are in Beijing is because the Belt and Road Forum is expected to be an important space for new deals. Some leaders are traveling with large corporate entourages in the hope of finalizing trade and investment ...

Report: Suspected Chinese State-Backed Disinformation Campaign Targeting Latin America Detected

Suspected Chinese state-backed entities launched a series of Twitter accounts to disseminate pro-China messaging to audiences in several Latin American countries, including Paraguay, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil, among others, according to the findings in a new report published by the U.S.-based cyber intelligence firm Nisos.

China, Latin America, and the Rise of a New Non-Aligned Movement

During the first Cold War, a large group of developing countries sought to distance themselves from the ideological battle between the United States and the Soviet Union to create a Non-Aligned Movement. Today, three decades ...

Few Noticed One of the Most Important Sideline Meetings at APEC

Chinese President Xi Jinping held dozens of quick sideline bilateral meetings with various international leaders over the past several weeks but few were as important as the one with Chile's Gabriel Boric at the APEC summit in Bangkok on Friday. President ...

Why Developing Countries Should Be Worried About Xi’s Congress Speech

Watching Xi Jinping's big speech at the 20th Party Congress, I kept wondering if anyone at the foreign ministries in Kenya, Chile, or Morocco was also watching the live feed. My guess is probably not very many. I get it, listening ...
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