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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 […]


Chinese company mulls more Arctic shipping

It’s been previously reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping favorable conditions for use of the Northern Sea Route.

As one of its cargo ships arrives in Sweden after the transcontinental voyage, shipping company Cosco says it might boost shipments along the Arctic route.

Questions are raised about profitability […]


AP Moller-Maersk and China Shipping sign box terminal MOU

The president of China, Xi Jinping, bore witness to the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on container terminals between AP Moller-Maersk and China Shipping (Group) in Brussels.

The MOU relates to the container terminal arms of both groups, APM Terminals and China Shipping Terminals, and enables collaboration on projects as joint venture partners. […]


Chinese official floats possibility of joining TPP

The Asahi Shimbun reports: Some observers said Beijing has decided to ease its opposition to the TPP ahead of the June 7-8 summit between President Xi Jinping, above, and U.S. President Barack Obama. China, however, would have a very difficult time obtaining approval to join the negotiations from all 12 parties to the TPP […]


China’s Vice President Xi Tours Los Angeles Port

Xi Jinping, vice president of China, visits Port of Los Angeles. Photo by Tim Rue/Bloomberg.

“Having heard that this is an environmentally friendly, green port, this is a great thing,” Xi, 58, said yesterday at the Port of Los Angeles. “What I see here is a good foundation for U.S.-China economic and trade cooperation.”