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Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship – By David Jessop

Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship

David Jessop

David Jessop

Published on August 20, 2016 – By David Jessop

Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper ‘Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?’. Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean commentators have observed previously, it is important for three reasons.

Firstly, it disaggregates the Caribbean from the more usual approach whereby multilateral institutions write or speak about China in the context of the Americas, as if Latin America and the Caribbean were some coherent entity; secondly, the research-based study focuses on the economic benefits that might accrue from a more strategic approach; and thirdly, it encourages the region to be forward looking about what it wants out of its long term relationship with Beijing.     Continue reading

Latin America and the Caribbean: The gap between rhetoric and reality – By David Jessop

Latin America and the Caribbean: The gap between rhetoric and reality 

By David Jessop   – May 21, 2016   Caribbean News Now

David Jessop

David Jessop

As each day passes, the internal situation in Venezuela deteriorates. Rumours of military coups and unstoppable violence swirl, street protests escalate; ordinary citizens suffer shortages of medicine, everyday foodstuffs, and almost everything else, while enduring rapidly escalating inflation.

It is a situation that has led some commentators to suggest that when taken with other developments in South America, leftist political thinking is being rejected by once sympathetic electorates.

The circumstances, however, are otherwise.     Continue reading

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