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China pledges continuous support for Costa Rica’s COVID-19 fight

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that China will continue to offer firm support for Costa Rica's fight against COVID-19 as the coronavirus disease outbreak remains serious in Latin America. In a phone conversation with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Xi said China will provide...

Does US-China coronavirus blame game threaten scientific investigation?

As world leaders and experts emphasize global cooperation in beating back the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing concern that the two countries with the greatest resources are stuck in a propaganda-fueled dispute over the virus' origin that threatens to distort science-based investigation. China has been trying...

Hydroxychloroquine: the drug Costa Rica uses successfully to fight covid-19

Used in the world for decades in the treatment of malaria, a month ago, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to apply hydroxychloroquine to patients infected with the new coronavirus until a vaccine is available. Thi immunosuppressanta drug is produced in Costa Rica. The...

Second Wave of COVID-19 Imminent if Wuhan Lockdown Measures Lifted Too Soon – Study

A study published in The Lancet medical journal Thursday warns that relaxing the quarantine measures in the Chinese city of Wuhan - the first epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak - too soon could result in a second wave of coronavirus cases. “Restrictions on activities in...

World economy flashes red over coronavirus – with strange echoes of 1880s Yellow Peril hysteria

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, travel restrictions are being imposed around the world. China is the main target, with various countries including Australia, Canada and the US placing different restrictions on people who have traveled through the country where the outbreak...

Guatemala Declares Covid-19 Yellow Alert

Due to the rapid expansion of the coronavirus in Latin America, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) of Guatemala established a yellow alert to the potential risk of the Covid-19. According to the Conred, the alert establishes continuous surveillance and monitoring of the threat...

Should I Cancel My Trip Because Of Coronavirus?

OPINION - It has been some years since I visited my birth country, Italy. And 2020 was to be the year that I and my wife would visit, get to know the country, in particular the north, from where most of my Italian friends...

Colombian On Death Row In China Asks To Be Executed Soon

Héctor Fabio Osorio, a 50-year-old Colombian convicted in China of the death penalty has asked the Colombian government to intercede to expedite the process of his sentence: to be executed as soon as possible. Hector Fabio Osorio is on death row in China, convicted seven...

Coronavirus: What are the Impacts for the Region?

Business people in Central America agree that because of the Coronavirus that has been spreading from China, global supply chains have been disrupted and commodity prices have fallen. An analysis by the Guatemalan exporters' union states that among the risks identified as a result of...

Virus halts Panama beef exports to China

Panama’s beef exports which were helping to re-energize the agricultural industry and reached US$10 million in six months last year have been halted by the coronavirus. Chinese authorities issued an alert and paralyzed the meat shipments, thus disrupting the sale and slaughter of cattle in...

Central American countries limit entry from China to fight coronavirus

The Central American governments of El Salvador and Guatemala have imposed travel restrictions to try to keep out the coronavirus, including barring travelers who have recently visited China, officials said on Friday. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said his country’s ban applies to those who have...

Costa Rica rules out banning people from China from entering the country

Costa Rica's Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, ruled out that Costa Rica will ban the entry of people coming from China, due to the new coronavirus. The Minister's response comes after countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, in Central America and the United States adopted this...

To mask or not to mask: confusion spreads over coronavirus protection

(Reuters) - “Do not wear a mask if you are well” read a warning plastered across the front of Singapore’s main newspaper on Friday, as authorities around the world sought to calm panic buying of masks seen as a guard against the fast-spreading coronavirus. In...

Countries evacuate citizens from China as coronavirus infections rise

Japan and the US were the first to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan on Wednesday as the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 132. With the number of confirmed cases now at nearly 6,000, the scale of the crisis has now...

A Tica in Wuhan, China

The city is empty. The recommendation, with a tone of order, is that people do not leave except what is strictly necessary. The subway is paralyzed, buses do not operate and taxis remain parked. That is the panorama in Wuhan, the Chinese city quarantined by the...

Biden Family Scandal spreads to Costa Rica

Joe Biden’s family’s domestic and international and business dealings are linked to the former vice president’s political influence, explained Peter Schweizer, author of Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, president of the Government Accountability Institute, and senior contributor at Breitbart News. “Everything...

Science Says: What to know about the viral outbreak in China

The Associated Press - Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new virus that originated in China. Governments are stepping up surveillance of airline passengers from central China and taking other steps to try to control the outbreak. Here’s...

Costa Rica To Export Pork to China

As in the case of Panama, Chinese authorities gave their endorsement for the processing plants Porcina Americana and Carnes Zamora to start selling pork products to the Asian giant starting in January 2020. Costa Rica's pig farmers predict a strong impact on employment generation in...

Costa Rica – China Route More Frequencies Managed

Costa Rican exporters are negotiating to change the frequency of the maritime route between Port Moin and Shanghai from monthly to weekly from February 2020. The service began last September 22, when the ship of China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), shipping company of the Chinese...

Hong Kong Is Not in Latin America

Today, the situation in Hong Kong is close to chaos, after 18 weeks of demonstrations, mostly peaceful, but with a repressive response from the police, dependent on the semi-autonomous local government and the Beijing dictatorship. The police response has resulted in hundreds wounded (some with...

New Twist in Panama-China FTA Negotiation

Weeks after the Cortizo government decided to interrupt the negotiations of the trade agreement, it announced that in 2020 the issue of the FTA with the Asian giant could begin to be seen again. The issue has generated expectation, because after having advanced to the...

Costa Rica’s Monetary Policy Rate Falls Again

A “high uncertainty” in the global economy, associated to the tensions between the U.S. and China, together with the slow growth of production in Costa Rica caused the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) to reduce, for the fifth consecutive time this year, its...

Honeymoon continues between El Salvador and China

(Xinhua) Since China and El Salvador established diplomatic relations a year ago, bilateral ties have achieved great progress and bilateral cooperation has shown broad prospects, said China's Ambassador to El Salvador Ou Jianhong. Ever since the two countries established diplomatic ties on Aug. 21, 2018,...

Chinese Market and its Opportunities

The study "Food Market in China", compiled by Procomer Costa Rica, indicates that in the Asian country 50% of agrifood imports are from the agricultural sector, in products such as soybeans (which corresponds to the main of the entire agrifood sector), barley and rice. The...

China, Latin America’s Partner, Harvests Organs From Political Prisoners

In the last decade, China has increased its investments in Latin America by 210%. Besides the interest it charges, there is an added cost that the countries of the region must accept: censorship. As an internal policy, the Communist Party not only represses the freedom...

Trade war sparks Panama Canal reshuffle

Japan has overtaken China to become the second-biggest user of the Panama Canal amid an escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington, canal authorities said Thursday. China’s slip to third is due to decreased shipments of natural and liquid petroleum gas as the Asian giant...

The truth of what is happening in Venezuela explained

A socioeconomic and political crisis that after Hugo Chavez officially took office in February 1999, continued into Nicolas Maduro. It is marked by hyperinflation, climbing hunger, disease, crime and death rates, an massive emigration from the country. Getty Images Several policy changes involving the country’s oil...

The sectors Chinese investors are eyeing in Latin America

(BNamericas) China is looking to emulate Japan’s SoftBank by pumping venture capital into emerging tech firms in Latin America, BNamericas was told. Potential Chinese investors are particularly eyeing the market segment underserved by both angel investors and major venture capital funds: companies valued in the...

Huawei-Costa Rica “will continue to provide security updates” of its brand of smartphones

Are Huawei smartphones the most favorite brand in Costa Rica? But more important, will the hundreds of thousands of users of Huawei samrtphones in Costa Rica be affected by the recent ban in the United States? According to Centralamericadata.com, Huawei and Apple brands represent around...

Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is "no doubt" that Iran has a financial presence in Latin America and that Tehran remains a "global threat." Questioned about whether Iran has some presence in Latin America, Pompeo told Voice of America, "There's no doubt....

Legislator denounces: Costa Rica will not participate in world fair “for ineffectiveness of Chancellery”

"Due to the lack of interest or desire to work" on the part of the Foreign Ministry, Costa Rica will not be taking part in the Bejing Expo 2019, charges Xiomara Rodríguez, legislator for the Partido Restauración Nacional (PRN).   Rodríguez assures that the non-participation of...

Costa Rican Exports to China Rebound

Although exports have tripled in the last three years, mainly because of increased sales of medical equipment, sugar, ethyl alcohol, and meat, the business sector's expectations are not as optimistic. Data from the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), the institution in charge of promoting the exportation...

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