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While America slept, China gained a stranglehold on the Panama Canal

St.Louis Post-Dispatch - Decades have passed since tiny Panama ranked among Washington’s big national security concerns. The 1989 U.S. invasion notwithstanding, the two nations have enjoyed largely cordial relations since the Panama Canal handover in December 1999. A boom in canal transits that include two-thirds...

US: ‘Choose a Side’ on Venezuela

The United States on Saturday called on the world to “choose a side” on Venezuela and urged countries to financially disconnect from the government Nicolas Maduro, while the European Union is getting set to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader. Venezuelan...

How US-Venezuela Escalation Unfolded From Sanctions to Backing Anti-Maduro Coup

On Wednesday, the Trump administration officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the ‘legitimate’ president of Venezuela and dismissed Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration. Maduro, on the other hand, hit back, saying that the U.S. has been trying to oust him and were planning a military...

US Scrambling to Counter Growing Chinese, Russian Influence in Latin America

The United States should pay more attention to Latin America, lest China and Russia take root in the region, US Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein said in the wake of a trip to Colombia. General Goldfein visited the South American country to persuade...

U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian...

Venezuela’s Maduro travels to China in search of fresh funds

CARACAS/BEIJING (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is travelling to China to discuss economic agreements, as the crisis-struck OPEC nation seeks to convince its key Asian financier to disburse fresh loans. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks next to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro during his welcoming...

Costa Rica and China Sign Trade Agreement

Both countries have signed an agreement to promote the so-called "Silk Road", which will support commercial, financial and infrastructure development. From a statement issued by the Chamber of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (Crecex): CRECEX celebrates Cooperation Agreement between Costa Rica and China Costa Rica is one...

Can India compete with China in Latin America? Not likely

Starting at the beginning of this decade, academics and policymakers started to point to India as a potential source of investment, trade, and economic diversification for Latin America. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a report called “India: Latin America’s Next Big Thing?” and a...

The Dominican Republic Switches Allegiance from Taiwan to China; Global Chess Game Continues

The Dominican Republic government broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan and switch allegiances to China, in a move that highlights the growing economic and geopolitical power of China across the globe. Just last year Panama did the same, accelerating a growing trend in Latin America as...

Financial Experts: US Will Fail to Undermine China-South America Free Trade Deal

Financial experts discussed remarks by Argentine Ambassador to China Diego Ramiro Guelar, who said recently that talks about a possible free-trade deal between China and South America’s major economies could start as early as next year. Following the Summit of the Americas held in Lima,...

Chinese Start-Ups Turn To Latin America as New Land Of Tech Opportunities

The golden opportunity for Chinese start-ups to "go Latin" may have arrived. Things have been looking good between China and Latin America, with trade multiplying 22 times since the year 2000, a stark contrast to Latin American trade with the United States, which merely...

Taiwan warships drop anchor in Nicaragua amid sinking ties with China

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A Taiwanese naval “Friendship Flotilla” of warships dropped anchor in Nicaragua on Monday just weeks after China urged Taiwan’s dwindling diplomatic allies to ditch the self-ruled island in favour of Beijing. Members of Taiwan’s navy arrive to participate in joint training and...

Taiwan stresses Central America ties with navy visit

A Taiwanese navy flotilla docked in Nicaragua on Monday in a high-profile visit highlighting ties with Central America and the Caribbean that are shrinking as China presses countries in the region to drop diplomatic relations. The three vessels -- described as being on a training...

Chinese Railroad in Panama?

A rail line connecting Panama City and David is the first of several joint infrastructure projects to be studied, as part of a cooperation agreement between Panama and China. Technical discussions over the rail link, which would include both passenger and cargo operations, were held...

Panama Moves Closer To Rail Link With Costa Rica

Panama moved a step closer to building a rail link to the Costa Rican border on Thursday, December 7 with the signing of an agreement with China to initiate a feasibility study in 2018. It was signed by Luis Miguel Hincapie, in charge of Panama’s...

Shipment of 16 Tons of Chinese Tear Gas Set for Venezuela Blocked

The Icelandic Ministry of Transport and Local Government received a letter from the European Transport Agency on Friday, October 20 requesting permission to transport anti-riot gear to Venezuela; however, the query was rejected. Image for illustrative purposes The agency requested the transfer of 16 tons of...

Is China Poised to Take on US in Latin America?

A Chinese company has started construction on a US$165 million port in Panama for cruise ships, the first project announced since diplomatic ties were re-established between the two countries in June. The consortium, including China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) and the Belgian company Jan...

How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change

Fall is always a good time to create new habits, and coffee chains know it. These days, they are desperately trying to find any excuse to get you to drink their java. Many chains used National or International Coffee Day, just passed, as a reason...

What and How to Sell to China

Tropical fruits and coffee are two of the products with opportunities in a market with great potential for growth, but challenging at the same time for Costa Rica and Central American entrepreneurs. Former Costa Rican ambassador to China, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, shared his experience with...

China’s FM Talks Up Trade on Costa Rica visit

(AFP) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kept his focus on building trade and investment ties with Central America during a visit that started Friday in Costa Rica. "We have had 10 years of good cooperation" with Costa Rica, Wang told reporters during a signing of...

More Motorcycles from China and India in Central America

QBUSINESS - In 2016 Central American countries imported US$420 million worth of motorcycles, and compared to 2015, purchases from China and India increased by 15% and 10%, respectively. Figures from the information system on the the Motorcycle market in Central America, compiled by the Business...

China Seeks to Displace Taiwan in Central America

Q24N - Could Nicaragua be the next Central American country to switch diplomatic relations from Republic of China to People’s Republic of China? Last month, Panama became the second country in the region to do so, following the example of Costa Rica in 2007. Concerned about...

China Drives Nuclear Expansion in Argentina, but with Strings Attached

Q24N (IPS) - Two new nuclear power plants, to cost US$14 billion dollars, will give a new impetus to Argentina’s relation with atomic energy, which began over 60 years ago. President Mauricio Macri made the announcement from China, the country that is to finance...

Costa Rica Ships 1st Cargo Of Pineapples to China

Q COSTA RICA - The first shipment of Costa Rica's pineapples left the Pacific port of Caldera, in Puntarenas, for Shanghai, as part of Costa Rica's initial efforts to explore the Chinese tropical fruit market. "This first shipment of pineapples to China marks a milestone...

Drop In Gas Prices Approved

In the coming says, mostly likely before the end of the month, the price of gasoline will drop ¢25 colones for a liter of super; ¢28 for a liter of regular; and ¢20 for diesel fuel. On Friday, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Four Years Later, China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Is Paralyzed Or About To Die

TODAY NICARAGUA - The Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal project is either paralyzed, or nonexistent. In June 2013, the Nicaraguan National Assembly passed Law 840, which authorized President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega to transfer the responsibility of the project to Wang Jing, a little-known Chinese businessman. Since...

Costa Rica Counterfeit Clothing Market Growing

Q COSTA RICA - In 2014 a special unit was created to deal with complaints about the marketing of fake garments, and since then it has received an average of five complaints a month. The market for fake clothing brands in the country has been...

Costa Rica Pineapples On Step Away From Exports To China

Q COSTA RICA - The nearly 15,000 kilometres that separates Costa Rica and China does not seem to intimidate Costa Rica pineapple exporters to place their product in that market. The list of barriers that will see the first shipment of China is coming to...

Costa Rica to Import More Beans To Meet Domestic Demand

Q COSTA RICA - Due to the effects of El Niño, Costa Rica will be forced to import more beans than expected, for the 2016-2017 period ending next June, in view of a 38% decrease in the national crop and 5,450 tons will need...

“He Is Very Happy That He Is Going To Heaven”: Son of Colombian Executed in China

Ismael Arciniegas, 72 years of age, is the first Colombian to be executed by China for drug trafficking.TODAY COLOMBIA – Ismael Arciniegas is the first Colombian to executed in China for drug trafficking.The execution is took place on 27 February 2017. Colombia’s Foreign Ministry on...

Costa Rica Embassy in China Website Hacked. But Was It A Current Government Website?

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Circulating the internet news for the last couple of days is the hacking of the Costa Rica Embassy in China website by the popular hacker Kapustkiy, who continues to target websites of embassies across the world. According to several reports,...

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

QCOSTARICA - HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis. In the 23 minute interview, President Solis talks about he is certain that he will succeed in his mandate and is willing to discuss the legalization of cocaine and...

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