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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 ...

Outcry Grows as U.S. Reduces Scrutiny of Chinese Entering U.S. From Mexico

Concerns are growing after U.S. Customs and Border Protection expedited the screening process for Chinese asylum seekers amid a record leap in such cases. The CBP slashed the number of questions it asks inbound Chinese asylum seekers from roughly 40 to five after ...

U.S. Becoming Increasingly Worried About Chinese EV Car Brands Setting Up Factories Across the Border in Mexico

The United States government is becoming nervous about the prospect of Chinese automakers building new factories in Mexico that would afford those new vehicles duty-free access into the U.S. market. MG, BYD and Chery are reportedly all in talks to build ...

Fentanyl, Trade and Relief Supplies Top Mexican Foreign Secretary’s First Official Visit to China

Mexico's Foreign Secretary Alicia Bárcena Ibarra met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday in Beijing, her first official visit to the Chinese capital. The trip was framed as a follow-up from last month's meeting between their two presidents, Andrés ...

Why There’s Good Reason to be Skeptical About Mexican, Chinese Promises to Curtail Fentanyl Flows Into U.S.

U.S. President Joe Biden called on the Presidents of Mexico and China to help stem the importation of the synthetic drug fentanyl that has killed tens of thousands in the U.S. over the past several years. The issue was also raised ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Mexico and China In Talks to Curb Fentanyl Trade

Mexico and China are reportedly discussing how to control the flow of ingredients used to make fentanyl. The deadly opioid is about fifty times stronger than heroin and causes numerous overdoses in the United States per year. Despite Mexico and China denying ...

Illegal Chinese Migration to the U.S. Surges via Mexico

The number of Chinese nationals illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico is surging, according to new data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Last year, the total number of undocumented Chinese nationals that were apprehended at the border was ...

China’s Two-Pronged Auto Export Strategy: EVs to the North, Gas-Powered to the South

Analysts are forecasting Chinese automakers will ship 5 million vehicles this year, solidifying the country's position as the world's largest auto exporter. But there's a stark discrepancy in terms of what kind of cars go where, according to Michael Dunne, one ...

Some 40 Countries Want to Join the BRICS Group, But Not Mexico, Says President

Applying to join the BRICS club has become increasingly fashionable among developing countries, with 40 states expressing interest in becoming a member of the China-initiated club -- but not Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday that he has nothing ...

China Plans Supply Chain Expo As ‘Derisking’ Scambles Firms’ Investment, Manufacturing Plans

China will hold a supply chain-focused expo in November, aimed at protecting its unique status as the world’s workshop. The China International Supply Chain Expo will feature more than 300 international exhibitors, including companies from the United States. The five-day event 
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