The “Invisible” Chinese in Brazil: Strategy or Tragedy?

“It’s a mystery,” said Teresa Rossi, a researcher from CEBRI who studies Brazil-China relationship, talking about the efforts the Chinese companies in Brazil made. This gives an example of the lack of visibility of Chinese activities in Brazil. Brazil, the biggest economy in South America, ranks 4th in size and 5th in population among all the countries. Both as members of BRICS, Brazil and China … Continue reading The “Invisible” Chinese in Brazil: Strategy or Tragedy?

Chinese Companies in Ecuador Should Enhance Dialogue with NGOs

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 “Paisano” Relationship of 170 Years between China and Peru: Past, Present, and Future

Its exotic meats and products are the source for almost all of the restaurants, lodges, and cruise ships in this area. Belen Market is located in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon region. Known as “the Venice of the Amazon jungle,”  it is one of Peru’s busiest and most picturesque markets with a hubbub of voices every day. A skinny man shuttles through … Continue reading The “Paisano” Relationship of 170 Years between China and Peru: Past, Present, and Future

A New Idea to Improve Lives of Amazonian Indigenous People: Social Innovation

Many years from now, as she faces her rebuilt home, Dalia will recall the massive fire that swept the city hilltop in November 2016. At that time, Cantagallo was a slum in the sandy wasteland just a few blocks away from the Peruvian capital Lima’s main square, where hundreds of families of the Shipibo-Konibo community lived. They lost everything in this fire that went through … Continue reading A New Idea to Improve Lives of Amazonian Indigenous People: Social Innovation

China’s Presence in Peru’s Amazon Wildlife Trade: Villain or Victim?

“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?