China’s Proposed Colombia Railway: Challenging the Panama Canal

China’s growing presence in Latin America has not received as much publicity as its interests in Africa, but that seems to be changing with Colombia’s announcement early this week that it intends to work with China to build a multi-bilion-dollar railway through Colombia. TIME reports today on the effects this new joint venture might have on trade through the Panama Canal and, more broadly American interests in Latin America. While President Obama this week unveiled a budget that underscored America’s economic malaise, China whooped it up some more in America’s backyard. As if timed to coincide with news that...

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