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Panamanian Politicians: China and American Officials

panamanian politicians: It's a country of just 4 million people but its canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans makes it one of the world's busiest trade arteries and strategically important both to Washington and Beijing, according to CTV. As American officials express alarm at Beijing's ambitions in the U.S.-dominated Western Hemisphere, China has launched a charm offensive, wooing Panamanian politicians, professionals and journalists. China is hardly a newcomer to the region, but now it's focusing on countries in Central America such as Panama. The Chinese ambassador, a Spanish-speaking Latin American veteran, has been talking up the benefits of Belt and Road on TV and Twitter. It seems to be paying off. Beijing has flown professionals and journalists on junkets to China. ( As reported in the news.