fredag 23. november 2018

Xi in Panama: Chinese president’s visit to US backyard tells Washington two can play influence game

After his high-stakes meeting with Donald Trump next week to defuse trade tensions, Chinese President Xi Jinping will head for America’s backyard in a visit that may cause unease in Washington. In a trip that observers said would underline Beijing’s efforts to cement ties with Latin America, Xi will make a state visit to the Central American nation of Panama at the start of next month, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday.

The visit, which was confirmed by Panama, would be the first by a senior figure from Beijing since Panama officially cut ties with Taipei and established a formal alliance with Beijing in June last year.