At a time of growing Chinese investment Panama has cut ties with Taiwan to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing. But China’s real impetus for bringing Panama into its fold is most likely political seeking to punish Taiwan’s independent-minded president by poaching one of the island’s few remaining friends.
Panama President Juan Carlos Varela announced the switch on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a press conference that the two countries would cooperate in trade investment and tourism. Wang also encouraged Panama to participate in the “Belt and Road” initiative a vague but sweeping plan championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping to forge trade deals build infrastructure and bolster Chinese soft power around the globe.
Chinese investment in Panama has vastly expanded in recent years as Beijing has pushed to secure trade and investment deals around the world. The Panama Canal the narrow choke-point through which virtually all Pacific-Atlantic maritime trade must flow has been a particular target. In 2016 the Chinese state-lixed Landbridge Group signed a 99-year lease for Panama’s largest portMargarita Island which handles distribution of goods on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. Chinese state enterprises have also looked to develop approximately 1200 hectares of land around the canal.
随着北京在全球各地推动进行贸易和投资交易，中国在巴拿马的投资近年来大幅扩大。巴拿马运河，这个狭窄的咽喉之地是几乎所有太平洋 - 大西洋海运的必经之路，早已成为一个特定的目标。 2016年，中国国有企业岚桥集团与巴拿马运河的大西洋一侧最大的港口马格丽特签署了99年租赁期，用于处理分销货物。中国国有企业也期待在运河周围开发大约1200公顷的土地。
While lack of official ties with Panama hasn’t seemed to hinder investment the growing business lixs have certainly deepened China’s interests in the Central American nation.
But it is politics not economics that most likely motivated Beijing. The loss of a diplomatic ally — and Taipei is down to 19 countries plus the Vatican — puts heavy pressure on Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
但是最有可能促使北京这样做的不是经济而是政治因素。外交盟友的丧失 — 只剩下20个，包括梵蒂冈 — 给台湾总统蔡英文造成了沉重的压力。
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