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Panama and China Review Their Bilateral Agenda
Panama’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Franco, met with China’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, to discuss bilateral agenda items. At the same time, Panama’s Minister of Agricultural Development, Augusto Valderrama, was on an official visit to China.
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Colombia’s Agriculture Minister Aims to Forge Closer Ties for Agricultural Products with China
Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Jhenifer Mojica, visited China to strengthen trade relations and diversify the destinations for Colombian agricultural and agro-industrial exports. Currently, 66% of exports in this sector are concentrated in the United States and Europe. The minister emphasized the importance of enhancing trade and diplomatic relations with Asia.
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Venezuela Will Begin Business Rounds with Chinese Entrepreneurs to Consolidate a Special Economic Zone in the Country
During the seventeenth edition of the ‘Con Maduro +’ program, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro announced  the commencement of negotiations with the province of Shenzhen to boost the development of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) between La Guaira and the Asian city. He highlighted Shenzhen’s significant annual exports, solidifying its position as China’s largest exporter, and emphasized the importance of engaging with the city’s three major companies to discuss the implementation of the SEZ.
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Honduras Appoints Its First Ambassador to China
Honduras’ President, Xiomara Castro, officially appointed Salvador Moncada as the first Honduran Ambassador to China, marking a historic milestone following the establishment of diplomatic relations with China and the severance of ties with Taiwan in March. Moncada, a 78-year-old Honduran scientist with British citizenship, is renowned for his significant contributions in the field of cardiac treatments developed in laboratories in London. Following his appointment, Moncada noted that various initiatives are already being explored with China in areas ranging from infrastructure to science and technology, with a special emphasis on ongoing negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement.
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Paraguayan Finance Minister Announces Opening to Chinese Investments
Paraguay, the only country in South America that maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan, is considering the possibility of attracting investments from China to boost its emerging green hydrogen industry, according to Carlos Fernández, the nation’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Paraguay has abundant water resources and renewable energy from its two major hydroelectric dams, placing it in a strategic position to produce green hydrogen and convert it into synthetic fuels and fertilizers.
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Uruguay’s Distress Message Reveals Evidence of Forced Labor in the Chinese Fishing Fleet
At the end of June this year, a woman on the beach in Maldonado (Piriápolis – Uruguay) found a bottle with a message written in Chinese, ending with ‘S.O.S.’, indicating a call for help. The Piriápolis City Prefecture initiated an investigation and deciphered the message, revealing that it came from a crew member of the Chinese vessel Lu Qing Yuan Yu 765, which had been trapped by its company.
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Nicaragua and China strengthen commercial ties with FTA signing in virtual event
Nicaragua and China signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in a virtual event, strengthening their trade ties following the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations in 2021. This agreement, which marked a significant milestone in the economic and trade relations between the two countries, is expected to enhance their trade and economic exchange. However, no specific details regarding the FTA’s content, including the covered products, were disclosed.
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China and Cuba strengthen ties in the field of neuroscience
Scientists from Cuba and China have strengthened their ties with the signing of a new collaboration agreement in the field of neuroscience. The Shanghai Center for Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Technology and the Center for Neuroscience of Cuba have entered into this agreement, supported by the Municipal Commission of Science and Technology of Shanghai.
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New Chinese Ambassador to Colombia: A strengthened link
On August 28th, Mr. Zhu Jingyang arrived in Bogotá, D.C. as the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Colombia, marking the return of a high-ranking representative from the Asian country to Colombia after more than five months of interim leadership. The former ambassador, Lan Hu, bid farewell on March 24th in an event at the Chinese embassy in Bogotá and now serves as the Chinese ambassador to Venezuela.
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Bolivia to expand its chia production in the Chinese market
Bolivia is making efforts to strengthen its presence in the Chinese market and aims to become the world’s leading producer and exporter of chia seeds. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Benjamín Blanco. A delegation of technicians from the Chinese Customs Administration in Bolivia will inspect chia production in the country in order to expedite the procedures for exporting this product to China, which represents a significant market opportunity for Bolivia’s chia production surplus.
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Venezuela and China make rapprochement in communication matters
The Deputy Minister of International Communication of Venezuela, Mercedes Chacín, and the Director-General of China Media Group (CMG) Latin America, Zhu Boying, met in order to strengthen cooperation in the field of communication between the two countries. This meeting, held in the prestigious Simón Bolívar Hall, was marked by Chacín’s determination to establish collaborative agreements that not only improve relations between Venezuela and China but also enable both countries to become reference points for news in their respective nations.
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China Tianqi seeks to increase its participation in Chilean lithium exploitation
The Chinese company Tianqi Lithium has released a statement anticipating significant transformations in the lithium industry in Chile. This forecast implies a shift from a market previously dominated by SQM and Albemarle to a more diversified environment with the entry of new global competitors. Tianqi, which holds a 22.16% equity stake in SQM, highlights the growth of new players in the lithium industry in Chile and expects this trend to continue in the coming years.
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Delcy Rodríguez visits China to “strengthen bilateral relations”

Photo: Delcy. By: Presidencia de El Salvador. Source: Wikicommons. Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez arrived in China on Tuesday, September 5th, on a mission entrusted by President Nicolás Maduro to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, as reported by the Venezuelan Government. The Vice Presidency announced that her visit was intended to reinforce the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation with China. Rodríguez was received in Shanghai by Cai Wei, the Director of Latin America at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Giuseppe Yoffreda, the Venezuelan Ambassador to China, among other authorities. Venezuela and China are considered strategic allies…

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Nicaragua participates in global development forum held in China
A delegation from Nicaragua attended a high-level development conference in China, organized by the China Cooperation Agency. Key members of the Nicaraguan administration represented the country. The presidential advisor for investment, trade, and international cooperation, along with the Minister of Finance and Public Credit, met with Lou Zhaouhui, the president of the hosting agency, to strengthen ties.
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China-Colombia Relations: China seeks to strengthen collaboration with Latin American country
As reported in the article by Sabinna Nicholls, China’s presence in Latin America’s economy has grown significantly in recent decades, with the country emerging as a major player. In just one year, China’s direct investment in Colombia tripled, going from USD $84 million in 2021 to USD $266 million by the end of 2022, as reported by the Banco de la República de Colombia (BRC).
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Thirty Chinese migrants rescued in their attempt to cross from Colombia to Panama
On July 4th, the Colombian Navy rescued 30 Chinese migrants, 4 women, and 26 men near Cabo Tiburón in the department of Chocó. This happened as they were attempting to cross into Panama. The suspicious vessel was intercepted by Colombian authorities in the Gulf of Urabá. The Chinese citizens were placed under the custody of the Migration Colombia office.
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Cuban medicine for pancreatic cancer receives approval from China
China’s National Medical Products Administration, the main regulatory body in the sector, has approved the commercialization and use of the Cuban humanized monoclonal antibody Nimotuzumab for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The decision is based on positive results from clinical studies, the drug’s efficacy in inhibiting the growth of malignant cells, and its successful use since 1998 in Cuba and other countries.
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Chinese brands lead the Peruvian automotive market with a 20.1% market share: Changan stands out as the leader.
Chinese brands are making significant strides in the Peruvian automotive market, capturing a 20.1% share of light vehicle sales between January and May 2023. Leading the pack is Changan, which has emerged as the standout player, selling 3,957 units during this period and commanding a 5.4% market share. Notably, Changan has witnessed an impressive growth of +64.5% compared to the previous year.Chinese brands are making significant strides in the Peruvian automotive market, capturing a 20.1% share of light vehicle sales between January and May 2023. Leading the pack is Changan, which has emerged as the standout player, selling 3,957 units…
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Bolivia and Chinese Consortium agree to increase investment to millions of dollars for lithium projects
According to information from the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of Bolivia, the Chinese consortium Catl Brunp & CMOC (CBC) has increased its investment commitment to $1.4 billion for the construction of two lithium production plants in the Uyuni and Coipasa salt flats. This investment marks a milestone in Bolivia’s energy history and solidifies the country as a reference in lithium industrialization.
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Venezuela and China strengthen cooperation in infrastructure projects
The Venezuelan government actively participated in the 14th Forum on Infrastructure and Construction Investment in China, aiming to attract new investments to the sector. Led by Minister of Transportation Ramón Velásquez, the Venezuelan delegation engaged with representatives from over 60 countries and leading construction companies. The Venezuelan government actively participated in the 14th Forum on Infrastructure and Construction Investment in China, aiming to attract new investments to the sector. Led by Minister of Transportation Ramón Velásquez, the Venezuelan delegation engaged with representatives from over 60 countries and leading construction companies.
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