Hubris and Prudence in Nicaragua

Hubris and Prudence in Nicaragua

The latest from fellow Fernando Menéndez about China's place in Nicaragua:  "A few short years ago, Chinese investments in Latin America seemed to mean changing the nature of the hemisphere in economic, if not polit

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As China’s Military Power Grows, Potential Conflicts Arise

As China’s Military Power Grows, Potential Conflicts Arise

It was once argued that China had opted to emphasize economic growth rather than military capacity. The goals of China’s military modernization were (a) to respond to a declaration of independence by Taiwan, and (b) t

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How a Change in U.S.-Cuba Policy Could Affect Chinese FDI

How a Change in U.S.-Cuba Policy Could Affect Chinese FDI

When Barack Obama announced the U.S. normalization of relations with Cuba back in December of 2014, the floodgates of expectation and conjecture were opened with abandon. Many believing it would bring a measure of pros

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Things Fall Apart in Venezuela, With Repercussions Felt in China

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 Nort

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Latin America Opens the Door for China in the New Trump Era

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. T

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Feeling the China Effect Globally

Feeling the China Effect Globally

One indicator of China’s ascent as a global power is its ability to have an economic impact far beyond its border. In today’s world, events in China, both positive and negative, are affecting nearly every continent.

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Venezuela’s Leaders and the Chinese Trough

Venezuela’s Leaders and the Chinese Trough

China’s President Xi Jinping has made a major commitment to eradicating corruption in the country’s government and state-owned enterprises.  Those who analyze Mr. Xi’s policies argue that he sees corruption as

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China Should Look to the “Pacific Pumas”

China Should Look to the “Pacific Pumas”

The world has grown accustomed to a booming China for so long that the latest signs of a weakened economy are causing serious concerns. One area of particular concern is global financial and foreign exchange markets. On

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