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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 ...

Wang Yi Wraps Diplomatic Blitz With South American Foreign Ministers

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a four-day diplomatic sprint with a trio of his counterparts from strategically vital countries in South America. All three foreign ministers from Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru were in Beijing for separate meetings with senior Chinese ...

Prioritizing Socio-Ecological Protections: Study Shows Deregulation Doesn’t Attract Chinese Investment

By Christina Duran In a March 2023 synthetic report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasized that Central and South America face adverse impacts from increased climate damage “without rapid, deep and sustained mitigation and accelerated adaptation action,” which ...

Latin America Was Once an Afterthought for China… Not Anymore

In just the past twenty years, China's trade with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean surged 26-fold to almost half-a-trillion dollars. The region is also now a major destination for Chinese foreign investment and becoming a critically important new front ...