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China Gives Honduras a $275 Million Present on the First Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

China and Honduras marked the one-year anniversary of the Central American country switching its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China. Chinese Ambassador Yu Bo and Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina held a ceremony on Sunday at the Chinese embassy to commemorate the ...

U.S. Promotes Cross-Honduras Rail Project Previously Shopped to China

A $20 billion rail project that would connect Honduras' Pacific and Caribbean coasts is drawing interest from the United States. Scott Hansen, an economic counselor at the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, reportedly presented the project to possible investors last week. The project ...

Honduran President Leaves China With Deals and a Sense That Dumping Taiwan Was the Right Thing to Do

Honduran President Xiomara Castro heads home on Wednesday after what she described as a "historic" six-day trip to China that culminated with a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Xi complemented Castro for her "historic decisiveness" and "strong political will" for fulfilling her ...

China Formalizes Ties With Honduras, Bolstering Diplomatic Presence in the Americas

77 days after President Xiomara Castro announced Honduras would switch its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China, the two countries made it official with the inauguration of a new embassy in Beijing. Sunday's plaque reveal ceremony in the Chinese capital followed less ...

Huawei is Now the Must-See Stop in China for Visiting Global South Leaders

Honduran President Xiomara Castro is the third leader from a developing country in just the past two months to include a stop at a Huawei research facility during their state visit to China. Castro visited the telecom giant's Shanghai research ...

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 ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Xiomara Castro, President of Honduras, to Travel to China for First Visit Since Switch of Diplomatic Relations From Taiwan

Xiomara Castro, the president of Honduras, will travel to Beijing this week for her first visit to China since her government switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to the People’s Republic. Coffee trade is expected to be on the agenda and she will reportedly sign several (as-yet undefined) cooperation ...

China Opens New Embassy in Honduras as Part of a Flurry of Diplomatic Activity Between the Two Countries This Week

The Chargé d'Affaires for China's new embassy in Honduras, Yu Bo, unveiled the plaque that will be posted outside of the mission during a ceremony this week in Tegucigalpa. Monday's ceremony capped a frantic series of back-to-back announcements that included the ...

Hondura’s President Announces That’s She’ll be Traveling Soon to Beijing to Sign “Auspicious Agreements”

Honduran President Xiomara Castro looked visibly pleased with her decision to switch ties from Taiwan to China last week when she announced on Twitter that she'll soon be headed to Beijing to sign a raft of new agreements. The President did not ...

China’s Lending Money Again to Countries in the Americas

Chinese lending to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean is gaining momentum. For the second year in a row, China's two largest policy banks have increased lending to countries in the region, albeit in much smaller amounts than what they ...

Honduras Says Adiós Taiwan, Formally Establishes Diplomatic Ties With China

Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina looked visibly pleased this weekend when he shook hands with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang after the pair formally oversaw the establishment of diplomatic ties. The signing ceremony took place at the Diaoyutai State ...
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