Vice President, COA, Washington D.C. Office
Mar 02 , 2018
The United States did not push Latin America and the Caribbean into China’s arms, but by pulling back, it created space for others to fill. Now, it appears that the United States seeks a course correction.
Jan 08 , 2018
U.S. policy-makers must recognize that the most productive path forward is not to maneuver into constant conflict with China but rather to concentrate on our own competitiveness, to restore a sense of national unity, and to re-emerge from the current political cycle as an example of an open market democracy that others are both willing and able to emulate.
Sep 08 , 2017
The avowed purpose of this latest trip of the Mexican president, which occurred even as officials from the United States and Canada were in Mexico City conducting the second round of NAFTA negotiations, was to build further economic links with BRICS nations, in particular China. Arguably, however, the real if unstated purpose of Pena Nieto’s visit to China while NAFTA negotiations were in progress in his own country was to show Mexico’s ability to diversify its economic relations beyond the United States.
Jun 26 , 2017
The United States, China, and other nations are now faced with the decision as whether they will work together to put Venezuela on a more sustainable political and economic course. At some point soon, Beijing will have to determine whether China stands a better chance of realizing its fundamental interests by supporting Maduro or by working with the international community to press for change.
Mar 01 , 2017
The people of Ecuador will be choosing the fundamental direction of their nation on April 2, and they have a distinct choice. And the choice they make will also impact Ecuador’s relations with its neighbors and also international partners including China and the United States.
Dec 22 , 2016
China’s entry into Latin America since the beginning of the century has altered regional dynamics, providing opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean nations to diversify beyond a traditional reliance on the U.S. market. As the United States pulls up hemispheric stakes on trade, China is already positioning itself to rush in.
Sep 20 , 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau must introduce greater balance into Canada’s international trade profile in order to diversify from an overwhelming reliance on the United States and towards a bilateral relationship that will ensure trade growth with China, Canada’s second largest trade partner.
Jul 29 , 2016
In the run-up to Rio, the next three Olympic hosts, all Asian nations, must understand the broader implications and global expectations that come with hosting this event. The Olympics may have grown too weighed down by excessive external baggage to be sustainable in their current form, something that will have to be taken into account moving forward.
Jun 28 , 2016
The bilateral U.S. – China Strategic and Economic Dialogue has served as a critically important mechanism by which both governments have developed the means to discuss core issues in the economic relationship. As China’s dash for economic growth continues, pressure will be on both the United States and China to ensure these discussions deliver concrete results.
Apr 18 , 2016
The history of U.S. engagement in global commerce is intricately intertwined with the Panama Canal. China, through a private investment partnership, has made plans to construct a similar canal through Nicaragua. Though the countries own politics will determine its viability, environmental and funding issues may derail it sooner.