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Government of China donated COVID-19 vaccines to Grenada
On April 19, 2022, the COVID-19 vaccines donated by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) arrived at the Maurice Bishop International Airport in St. George, Grenada. The delivery ceremony was attended by Wei Hongtian, the Chinese Ambassador to China, along with Nickolas Steele, the Minister of Health and Social Security, who signed the certificate of delivery for the vaccines.
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Panama requests China’s accession to the Canal Neutrality Treaty
On April 4, 2022, Panama’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Érika Mouynes, began her Asian tour in an effort to advance and strengthen bilateral relations with the countries in the region. The first Asian country the Foreign Minister visited was China, where she expressed the importance of maintaining the neutrality of the Panama Canal in light of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
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Chancellor Erika Mouynes begins her Asian tour on April 4, 2022
Panama and the People’s Republic of China have closely linked domestic interests. Both countries strive to make progress on specific issues such as foreign investment, tourism, logistics, financial and commercial sectors, etc. This led Panama’s Foreign Minister, Erika Mouynes, to announce on March 30, 2022 the agenda of her Asian tour, which began the week of April 4, 2022.
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BYD takes over transportation in Brazil
The Chinese company BYD, one of the most important companies in clean energy and electric vehicles, presented the first Brazilian-made electric articulated bus in the city of São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, along with the first monorail train that will be part of one of São Paulo’s subway lines.
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Alberto Fernandez met with representatives of the Zijin Mining Group
Argentina’s President, Alberto Fernández, met with representatives of the Chinese mining company Zijin Mining Group on March 22. The company is already constructing a lithium carbonate plant at the Tres Quebradas deposit, 170 kilometers east of Fiambalá, in the province of Catamarca, Argentina. The meeting was held to officially welcome both the representatives and the president of the mining company.
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Ecuador terminates contract with China International Water & Electric Corporation
Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC) is a state-owned company engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, commercialization, import and export of electricity. CELEC completed the construction contract for the civil works of the Toachi Pilatón hydroelectric project, signed on December 24, 2020, with China International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE).
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Panama seeks a trade agreement with China if TPA is not renegotiated with the US
The United States and Panama signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2007. Producer unions and associations have been demanding that negotiations be opened to address the extension of the elimination of some of the country’s sensitive products. The Minister of Agricultural Development, Augusto Valderrama, warned that “if the US does not accept, we would have to look for alternatives and that would be to export these products to other countries.” One of these alternatives would be to initiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
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China may cede SDRs to Argentina
President Alberto Fernández’ visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in February 2022 brought with it a series of novelties regarding Argentina’s relations with the Asian country. The topics discussed included the signing of the Belt and Road initiative, which was not signed until March 15, despite the fact that the announcement was made in February.
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Tianjin (China) and Cali (Colombia) strengthen ties
The cities of Cali (Colombia) and Tianjin (People’s Republic of China (PRC) signed an agreement to establish cooperation and relations with each other. This agreement promotes innovation, productive diversification, and the elimination of underinvestment and the scarcity of technological advances with a view to overcoming poverty and inequality.
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Belize and the Republic of China promote commercial cooperation
The Seminar on the new era of investment and business opportunities within the framework of the Economic Cooperation Agreement (ECA) was held on March 10, 2022. The event was organized by the Embassy of Belize in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Central American Trade Office, the China International Economic Cooperation Promotion Association, and the Latin American Trade Commission.
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Guyana and the People’s Republic of China commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations with a logo
Diplomatic relations between Guyana and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were formalized on June 27, 1972, making this year the 50th anniversary of this diplomatic milestone. Guyana was one of the first Caribbean Community and Commons Market (CARICOM) —an organization of Caribbean countries, which promotes economic integration and cooperation among its member countries— to establish diplomatic relations with the PRC.
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Nicaragua signs agreements with Chinese News Media
On December 9, 2021, Nicaragua acknowledged the government of the People’s Republic of China. Almost three months later, Daniel Edmundo Ortega Murillo, Media Coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council in Nicaragua, signed three Agreements with Media Groups and News Agencies of the People’s Republic of China.
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Ai Weiwei’s works in Colombia
Starting February 19, 2022, to March 31 of this year, La Cometa Gallery in Bogota, (Colombia) opens its doors to Ai Weiwei, a Chinese activist, artist, and architect, who in recent years has become one of the most important exponents of contemporary art today.
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New sources of renewable energy in Guayana
Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy was launched in 2021, as a short-, medium- and long-term development planning program intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In November 2021, the China Railway Group Limited received approval to build this renewable energy project, and the company will assume all operational and construction costs.
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Greenlight for Zifivax vaccine in Colombia
The Chinese pharmaceutical company, Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products, has launched a new vaccine called Zifivax to combat COVID-19. According to the resolution published by Invima —the institution in charge of national health references— there are sufficient reasons to approve of vaccine, as it has proven to be effective against COVID-19.
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Bogota joins the Year of the Water Tiger celebration
February 1, 2022, marked the Chinese New Year, a traditional holiday of great importance in the Chinese calendar. Bogotá (Colombia) was one of the cities in Latin America and the Caribbean that joined the celebration. The Colombian capital also took the opportunity to celebrate 42 years of diplomatic relations with the Asian country.
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First cooperation project between Nicaragua and China
On December 9, 2021, after three decades of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Nicaragua recognized the government of the People’s Republic of China. President Xi Jinping sent a delegation to the Central American country to conclude a new agreement. This will be the first cooperation project between the two countries and consists of a housing program.
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Opening of the Mexico-China Forum 2022: Recovery in Action
During the inauguration of the Mexico-China 2022 Forum: Recovery in action, Cora Cecilia Pinedo Alonso, the chair of the Asia-Pacific-Africa Foreign Relations Commission, said that because of the various crises resulting from the pandemic, Mexico and China are seeking financial recovery through promotions and increased free trade between the two nations to create new areas of opportunity for foreign investment.
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Progress in Peru’s exports to the Chinese market
PromPerú reported that actions to promote Peruvian coffee in the Chinese market have been carried out through trade offices abroad. This process started in 2018 through reverse missions to Peru, where samples, coffee tastings, seminars, and live broadcasts were presented to the public. As a result, Peruvian coffee shipments to China increased significantly from USD $486, 329 in 2018 to USD$1.7 million in 2021.
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Mexico-China trade reaches record $100 billion in 2021
During a session at the Mexico-China 2022 Forum: Recovery in action, the embassy’s Counsellor for Economic, Commercial and Promotional Affairs, Santiago Toledo, stated that the relationship between Mexico and China has been deepening in recent years, and assured that by 2022, all trade records between the two countries will be broken.
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Guyana’s booming economy boosts bilateral trade with China
Estimates by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) show Guyana’s economy expanding by 46%, making it one of the few countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region to show economic growth. The Chinese government noted that Guyana’s economic boom, driven by the oil and gas sector, has resulted in a doubling of bilateral trade in the past two years.
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Joe Vieira Park, a new monument of friendship between Guyana and China
Joe Viera Park is located in Schoonord, West Bank Demerara in Guyana. The park is currently abandoned and is serving as a habitat for local wildlife. In 2022, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Guyana will be celebrating their 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations which were established in 1972. To mark the occasion, the PRC has decided to invest US$10-12 million to build a Friendship Park between the two countries, using the Joe Viera Park as a base.
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China outstrips the US with its imports to Colombia
At the beginning of the current year, the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) revealed data on imports between January and November 2021, estimating that imports totaled US$6,545 million. The most surprising aspect of this study was that, for the first time in eight years, China leads annual imports to Colombia.
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Meeting between the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) and the President of the Peruvian Congress
Li Zhanshu, chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), met with Peru’s President of Congress, Maria del Carmen Alva, via video call on November 10. Li said that China-Peru relations have developed rapidly and have deepened mutual political trust and improved economic and trade cooperation.
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Container crisis: Affectations in Peru
The cost of exports from Asia has increased by 50% in Peru in the short term. From China to Callao, Peru’s most important port, they have increased up to five times their value compared to before the pandemic: according to the Peruvian Association of Port Operators (Asppor), freight rates have increased from US$2,000 to US$10,000.
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Xiomara Castro: The new President of Honduras and the outlook for the country’s relations with China
November 28th marked the general elections in Honduras for a new Head of State. Candidate Xiomara Castro, of the Libertad y Fundación Party, won with 1,709,081 votes, equivalent to 50.63% of the total. The new leader has championed numerous proposals, one that has generated the most controversy due to its diplomatic consequences has to do with the breaking of bilateral relations with Taiwan to establish them with the People’s Republic of China.
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The Caribbean Railroad: BYD’s proposal
The Caribbean Train, a railroad that connects the three main cities of the Colombian Caribbean coast -Santa Marta, Barranquilla, and Cartagena- to transport both cargo and passengers, is an infrastructure project that has been in the pipeline for more than five years. Through its representative in Colombia, Juan Felipe Velásquez, the Chinese company BYD has already submitted a proposal for the construction of the project.
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