As the largest creditor of Ecuador, China provides around 60 percent of this South American country’s financing and funds numerous loan deals, which are usually underwritten and paid back using the proceeds made from the support given to the development of the country’s extractive industries. Along with financial deals, today there are a variety of Chinese companies operating in Ecuador, active in sectors such as … Continue reading Chinese Companies in Ecuador Should Enhance Dialogue with NGOs
“The Chinese eat everything with four legs, except tables, and everything that flies except airplanes.” True or not, that is the commonly held perception of Chinese around the world. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, China is one of the major consumers of wildlife products. From elephant ivory to shark fin, pangolin scale to tiger bone, China’s demand for wild animals is driving … Continue reading China’s Presence in Peru’s Amazon Wildlife Trade: Villain or Victim?
Global condemnation about Chinese eating animals to “nourish life” and using exotic wildlife products to make Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has continued to rise. According to CNN, each year, an estimated 10,000 dogs are killed for meat during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival at summer solstice. Meanwhile, over 1500 different animal species are used in the growing market of TCM, such as rhino horn, musk, … Continue reading Do Chinese People See Animals Differently? Yes, They Do and Here’s Why
“For these women, the important things are the nature, the water, and the well-being of their communities. And what is happening with these Chinese companies is that they are imposing a project that supports contamination and different ways of the abuse of power,” described Esperanza Martínez, an environmental activist in Acción Ecológica, an Ecuadorian non-governmental organization. When Martínez explained her concerns on the Plaza Grande–the … Continue reading Behind the debts, mines, and oil: the image and life of the Chinese business community in Ecuador
“要求总统听证会！中国企业离开亚马逊雨林！”2018年3月14日，厄瓜多尔首都基多市的著名旅游景点独立广场（Plaza De La Independencia），约100名来自亚马逊雨林深处的土著女性代表在烈日下举行抗议，控诉着当地政府批准的石油和铜矿项目破坏了她们赖以生存的家园。她们身着民族服饰、怀抱着婴儿，要乘坐两天的独木舟，步行两天穿过雨林，再转乘公交车才能到达厄瓜多尔首都基多。据悉，这样的抗议活动已经持续了3天。 Continue reading 中国企业在亚马逊雨林：在隔阂中前行