US-China tensions ramp up in region as Chinese president visits Panama

Chinese President Xi-Jinping (L) with his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela. Photo: MFA China

By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor

PANAMA CITY, Panama — Chinese President Xi-Jinping arrived in Panama this weekend to pursue further talks of mutual cooperation between Panama and China.

However, tensions over China’s control and influence over the region have been placed first and foremost, as Panama has been a recently contested battleground between the USA and China over resources, strategic points and ports and political action.

At the request of US officials, as noted by a senior Panamanian diplomat who wished to remain anonymous, a plan to build a Chinese embassy on the Amador peninsula overlooking the Panama Canal was…

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