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The Ant and The Elephant: China's President Visits Panama

December 03, 2018

Former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt liked to boast “I took Panama,” a reference to his role in the country’s breakaway from Colombia and the subsequent construction of a canal across the Central American isthmus.

Now that classic piece of ‘big stick’ diplomacy looks about to be outdone, this time by the diplomatic cunning and economic clout of the world’s emerging new superpower: China.

On Sunday, President Xi Jinping will become the first Chinese head of state to visit Panama, cementing a rapidly evolving relationship between the Asian giant and the tiny, but strategically-located home to one of the world’s most important inter-oceanic waterways for global trade.(...)

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