May 5 2017 image description
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Things Fall Apart in Venezuela, With Repercussions Felt in China

As Venezuela sinks into turmoil and destitution, there are signs it may all end with a thunderous bang and not a whimper. Venezuela, China’s largest client in Latin America, could become the continent’s Syria or North Korea problem, and China may be drawn in more than it ever intended. Reading the cards is a distressing ordeal.

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February 13 2017 image description
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Latin America Opens the Door for China in the New Trump Era

As Donald Trump takes office as President of the United States, it is still unclear how the triangular relationship between the United States, China, and Latin America will evolve. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump aimed his fire chiefly on China and Mexico as the sources of U.S. economic troubles and what he described as unfair trade. He has announced his intention to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to negotiate what he calls “better deals” with both Mexico and China. The first few months of his administration will reveal the details of such deals.

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