“Ten years ago, there was no Chinese investing in electricity. If you talked to me for one hour, the lights would have gone out more than 5 times. 10 years later, you talk to me even for 10 hours and there will be no blackout because of the investment in electricity production by China,” said Suon Sophal, director of the Department of Public Relations and … Continue reading China’s Cambodia ventures need NGO outreach
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