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Panamanian president Varela: China to accelerate its Latin American rise

Excerpts from AFP:

China is taking steps to increase its presence in Panama in order to expand its influence throughout Latin America, according to Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela.

Varela made the comments upon returning home from a historic visit to China and meetings with President Xi Jinping. The two presidents signed 19 accords ranging […]


China’s foreign minister to visit Panama under new diplomatic ties

From AFP:

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Panama at the end of this week, according to officials — three months after the countries established diplomatic ties at the expense of Taiwan.

He will meet with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on Saturday. Varela announced his country had opened diplomatic relations with China on […]


11,000 agents to guard inauguration of Panama Canal expansion

Security at the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion next Sunday will be assured by more than 11,000 agents along with special measures like closing the airspace over the waterway beginning the day before, the authorities announced Tuesday.

Eleven heads of state and government, the king emeritus of Spain and delegations of some 50 countries […]


Panamanian longshore workers join the ILWU

”ILWU supports SITREBALCRI in your fight for good-paying jobs and a fair contract for all workers in the union.” ILWU International President Bob McEllrath led a solidarity delegation to Panama in September 2011, part of an ongoing effort to support maritime workers there. Dockworkers in this photo have since changed their union’s name to […]


Panama’s new president makes water, infrastructure pledges

Panama’s new President Juan Carlos Varela kicked off his term in office by announcing plans to carry out water and infrastructure projects.

On taking office on July 1, Varela pledged “expansion of the Panama Canal would be completed successfully, protecting the state’s interests.”

During his first cabinet meeting, Varela announced plans to provide potable water […]


Canal consortium bid ‘not enough to pay for the concrete’

According to a confidential cable sent by then-U.S. Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson, Vice President Juan Carlos Varela classified the Panama Canal expansion project as a disaster when lunching with a visiting U.S. Congressional delegation on December 29, 2009. Varela called the consortium in charge of the project – led by Spanish and Italian […]